THU 4 JUN 1942
Battle of Midway opens as PBYs attack Occupation Force northwest of Midway; one PBY (VP 24) torpedoes fleet tanker Akebono Maru.
TBDs (VT 8, VT 6, VT 3) from American carrier striking force (Rear Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher, officer in tactical command) from Hornet (CV-8), Enterprise (CV-6) and Yorktown (CV-5) attack the enemy carriers.
British submarine HMS Trusty sinks Japanese merchant cargo ship Toyohashi Maru in Strait of Malacca, 07°14'N, 98°06'E.
Swiss steamship Saentis rescues 18 survivors from U.S. freighter West Notus, attacked by German submarine U-404 on 1 June.
Destroyer Tarbell (DD-142) rescues 30 survivors of U.S. tanker M.F. Elliott, sunk by German submarine U-502 on 3 June (see 8 June).
U.S. freighter Velma Lykes is torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-158 south of the Yucatan Channel, 21°21'N, 86°36'W; the rapidity with which the ship sinks prevents lifeboats from being launched. Of the ship's 28-man merchant complement, 15 perish; the four-man Armed Guard survives intact (see 6 and 10 June).
Sunday, June 4, 2017
by M. Bouffant at 19:42