Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 1102 September 6, 1942

At 10.08 AM in the Mediterranean 20 miles off Khan Yunis, Palestine, U-375 stops Egyptian sailboat Turkian and sinks her with 13 rounds from the deck gun after all 19 crew abandon ship. British coastal artillery fires at the U-boat with no effect.

At 11 AM, U-514 surfaces 500 miles East of Bermuda and shells tiny British schooner Helen Forsey carrying molasses and rum to Canada (2 killed, 4 survivors reach Bermuda 11 days later).

At Milne Bay, Papua, Australians overrun the Japanese landing site at Waga Waga, killing a few Japanese stragglers who were not evacuated and finding numerous Papuan civilians and Australian POWs who have been executed and mutilated. Overnight, Japanese cruiser Tatsuta sails into Milne Bay and bombards Gili Gili wharf, sinking Australian MV Anshun (will be salvaged in 1944 and used in commercial service until 1962). The defense of Milne Bay has cost 171 Australian killed including 7 RAAF pilots (216 wounded) and 3 Americans killed (4 wounded).

Kokoda Track, Papua. Australians at Efogi are reinforced by the arrival of 2/27 Battalion, held in reserve at Port Moresby but now released into action after the victory at Milne Bay. Australian defenses (1500 men) are bunched in pockets for 1 mile along the Track, with the fresh 2/27 Battalion in front of the tired 2/14 and 2/16 Battalions and HQ well behind on Brigade Hill. Japanese troops approaching the Australian positions are bombed and strafed by US aircraft from Port Moresby.

At 10.27 PM 150 miles Northwest of Aruba, U-164 sinks Canadian SS John A. Holloway carrying 2000 tons of construction supplies from USA to Trinidad (1 killed, 23 survivors).

At 11.23 PM 300 miles southwest of Cape Palmas, Liberia, U-109 sinks British passenger/cargo ship MV Tuscan Star carrying 7840 tons of frozen meat and 5000 tons of general cargo from Argentina to Britain (40 crew, 8 gunners and 3 passengers killed; a wireless operator taken prisoner and interned at POW camp Milag Nord; 36 crew, 4 gunners and 22 passengers survivors in 3 lifeboats picked up by British passenger ship Otranto).


  1. How do you come by so much information concerning tiny snippets. Do you have file library access? Some of this makes very good reading. All the times and numbers suggest reports kept in archives - ships logs and so on.

  2. Dear Retro Brit
    Books and the Internet. I simply collate what other historians have gathered from logs.

    Thanks for your interest!