Events occurring on Monday, June 29, 1942  
  Military Conflict in North Africa  
  Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s forces took Mersa Matruh, capturing 6,000 men.  
  Alexandria was bombed and preparations for the evacuation of Cairo began.  
  The Japanese-Chinese Conflict  
  Chiang Kai-shek presented a formal ultimatum to Washington, He made three demands: three U.S. divisions to Burma to reopen the Burma Road, 500 combat planes delivered to China by August, and a guaranteed supply of 5,000 tons of supplies per month over the main route from India to China. Chiang threatened that if these demands were not met there would be a “liquidation” of the Chinese war against Japan.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The Canadian schooner Mona Marie was torpedoed and sunk by the U-126, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Ernst Bauer, in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 8 survived. The 126 ton Mona Marie was carrying empty oil drums and was heading for Trinidad.  
  The unescorted American steam merchant Ruth was torpedoed and sunk by the U-153, commanded by Fregattenkapitän Wilfried Reichmann, about 100 miles north of Cape Maysi, Cuba in the Caribbean Sea. Of the ship’s complement, 34 died and 4 survivors were picked up by the destroyer USS Corry (DD-463). The 4,833 ton Ruth was carrying manganese ore and was headed for Baltimore, Maryland.  
  The unescorted Latvian steam merchant Everalda was shelled and stopped by the U-158, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Erwin Rostin, with the last rounds from the deck gun. The ship caught fire but did not sink, so a boarding party went on board and sank the vessel by opening the bottom valves in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 36 survived. The Germans captured secret orders, routing instructions and other important documents and took the master and another crewman as prisoners on board. Both prisoners were lost when the U-boat was sunk the next day. The 3,950 ton Everalda was carrying general cargo and was headed for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  
  The unescorted American steam merchant Thomas McKean was torpedoed and sunk by the U-505, commanded by Axel-Olaf Loewe, about 350 miles northeast of Puerto Rico in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 5 died and 55 survivors reached land by lifeboat. The 7,191 ton Thomas McKean was carrying Lend-Lease war supplies, including tanks, foodstuffs, and 11 aircraft as deck cargo and was headed for Bandar Shapur, Iran.  
  The unescorted British steam tanker Empire Mica was torpedoed and sunk by the U-67, commanded by Günther Müller-Stöckheim, southwest of Cape St. George, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. Of the ship’s complement, 33 died and 14 survivors were picked up by the motor boats Sea Dream and Countess. The 8,032 ton Empire Mica was carrying vaporizing oil and was headed for the United Kingdom.  
  The unescorted British motor merchant Waiwera was torpedoed and sunk by the U-754, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Hans Oestermann, about 450 miles north of the Azores in the central Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 8 died and 97 survivors were picked up by the Norwegian motor merchant Oregon Express. The 12,435 ton Waiwera was carrying foodstuffs, including butter, beef, tea, and bags of mail and was headed for Liverpool, England.  
  Events in the Western United States  
  A U.S. Navy airship reported that the Japanese had laid mines west of the Main Channel in San Francisco Bay. Maritime traffic was halted for five hours, but mine sweepers found nothing.  
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The light cruiser HMS Jamaica (44) was commissioned. Her first commander was Captain Jocelyn L. Storey.  
  June 1942 Calendar  
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