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11 Apr 1911

  • Haiqi departed Shanghai, China for Britain. ww2dbase [Haiqi | Shanghai | CPC]
11 Apr 1913

  • Settsu departed Inchon, Korea to patrol the South China Sea along the Chinese coast. ww2dbase [Settsu | Inchon | CPC]
11 Apr 1917

United States
  • Milton Miles enlisted in the United States Navy. ww2dbase [Milton Miles | CPC]
11 Apr 1921
  • USS R-1 was ordered to join the Pacific Fleet. ww2dbase [R-1 | CPC]
United States
  • USS R-5 departed the east coast of the United States. ww2dbase [R-5 | CPC]
11 Apr 1928

  • He Yingqin was made a member of the finance committee. ww2dbase [He Yingqin | CPC]
11 Apr 1931

United States Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1931
Chicago at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, Apr 1931

11 Apr 1931 Interactive Map

11 Apr 1932
  • In response to the strike held by workers at the Teikovo Calico works outside Moscow, Russia, which was begun on 8 Apr 1932 in response to decreased food rations, a march was organised to a local town to petition the party authorities for food. When one of the strikers delivered an impromptu speech calling for the workers to overthrow the Soviet regime, security troops stormed the mob and arrested ringleaders identified by GPU spies. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Major General Yoshishige Shimizu was named the chief of staff of the Taiwan Army. ww2dbase [CPC]
11 Apr 1933

  • Japanese troops captured Lengkou Pass of the Great Wall in Hebei Province, China. ww2dbase [First Battle of Hebei | Hebei | CPC]
11 Apr 1934
  • The pocket battleship Deutschland sailed from Kiel, Germany as a part of the spring manoeuvres. On board were Hitler and his leading army and navy commanders. It was thought that during the voyage Minister of Defence Blomberg nominated Hitler as a candidate for the Presidency (and thus making him Supreme Commander of the Army). ww2dbase [Deutschland | AC]
11 Apr 1936

Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1936
Joseph Stalin with collective farmers Maria Demchenko and Praskovya Angelina at the 10th Congress of the Komsomol, Moscow, Russia, 11-21 Apr 1936
11 Apr 1937

Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1937
Ju 89 prototype heavy bomber at rest, Apr 1937, photo 1 of 2
11 Apr 1938

  • Prince Kotohito, Chief of Japanese Army General Staff, signed Directive No. 11 authorizing the use of poison gas in the Inner Mongolia region of China. ww2dbase [Kotohito | CPC]
11 Apr 1939

United States
  • The NA-40B prototype aircraft was destroyed in a crash during testing at Wright Field, Ohio, United States. The entire crew survived the crash. ww2dbase [B-25 Mitchell | Riverside, Ohio | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1939
Italian military trucks in Albania, Apr 1939
11 Apr 1940
  • British submarine HMS Spearfish damaged the German pocket battleship Lützow, knocking it out of action for one year as one of the six torpedoes fired nearly ripped off the German ship's stern. Not realizing Lützow was unescorted, Spearfish fled from the action as soon as she fired her torpedoes. ww2dbase [Deutschland | CPC]
  • In Norway, the German 196th Division moved north from Oslo up the Gudbrandsdal and Østerdal valleys in an attempt to link up with the German forces in Trondheim. In an attempt to halt the German advances, RAF attacked the Stavanger airfield in southern Norway. Norwegian Army General Kristian Laake was relieved of command for his failures in the opening chapters of the German invasion; General Otto Ruge took over as his successor. Meanwhile, German collaborator Vidkun Quisling sent a message to King Haakon VII of Norway, asking him to return to Oslo; seeing through his plot to use him as a puppet, the king chose to ignore the request. Seeing a lack of response from the king and his government, German bombers attacked the village where they were hiding in a failed attempt to wipe out Norwegian leadership. In Britain, Winston Churchill spoke at the House of Commons and used Norway as an example to urge other smaller neutral European countries to join the Allies before Germany violated their neutrality as well. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | CPC]
  • British troops occupied the Faroe Islands between Scotland and Iceland. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Cruiser Köln returned from Norway, arriving at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. ww2dbase [Köln | CPC]
  • In a report to the War Office in London, British General Lord Gort of Limerick, VC, stated that his five regular-army divisions were effective, although not up to the standards of the British Expeditionary Force of 1914. The remaining eight Territorial divisions, he reported were, fit only for static warfare. ww2dbase [John Vereker | AC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Battleship Warspite and aircraft carrier furious joined the Home Fleet which continued unsuccessfully to find the German force west of Norway. Light cruisers and some destroyers were detached for re-fuelling. A sortie was made by battleships Rodney, Valiant and Warspite, the carrier Furious and the heavy cruisers Berwick, Devonshire and York under command of Admiral Charles Forbes. An unsuccessful attack was undertaken against three German destroyers after the cruiser Hipper set out undetected and heads south with the destroyer Friedrich Eckoldt. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | North Sea | HM]
11 Apr 1941
  • Italian forces redoubled their efforts to link up with units in Albania. In northern Greece, German troops captured Vevi. In the evening, British, Australian, and New Zealand troops engaged German troops in Greece for the first time just south of Vevi, stopping the advance of Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler Regiment at Klidi Pass. ww2dbase [Invasion of Albania | TH]
  • 153 Luftwaffe aircraft bombed Bristol, England, United Kingdom; it was nicknamed the "Good Friday Raid". The city's docks, St Philip's Bridge, and residential areas were damaged. The city tramways power supply line was destroyed by the bomb that hit St Philip's Bridge; it was decided that the damage was too severe to repair and all the tram cars were soon to be scrapped for the war effort; none of the tram cars were preserved for historical purposes. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | TH]
  • Italy and Hungary joined the German invasion of Yugoslavia. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | AC]
  • Erwin Rommel performed a flanking movement in Libya, cutting the road east of Bardia at 1300 hours; all attacks on the city itself, however, were repulsed. On the same day, German aircraft bombed Tobruk harbor, damaging British ship Draco. ww2dbase [Siege of Tobruk | CPC]
  • George Patton was made the commanding officer of the 2nd Armored Division. ww2dbase [George Patton | CPC]
  • German submarine U-124 sank Greek ship Aegeon 200 miles southwest of Freetown, Sierra Leone, British West Africa at 2100 hours; 4 were killed, 27 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German armored train Atlas arrived at Mönichkirchen, Germany (occupied Austria) to prepare the village for Adolf Hitler's arrival on the following day. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini concluded their four-day meeting at Salzburg in occupied Austria, during which Hitler convinced Mussolini to remain in the war. ww2dbase [Benito Mussolini | CPC]
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed that the Red Sea was to be no longer considered as a war zone so as to enable it to be used by American shipping. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | AC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-108 (Kapitänleutnant Klaus Scholtz) spotted the 16,568-ton armed British merchant cruiser HMS Rajputana (F 35) west of Reykjarvik, Iceland at 0945 hours. Rajputana had been patrolling at a high speed and was on a zigzag course. Meanwhile, U-108 was hampered by problems with the periscope, pack ice, and snow. U-108 managed to get in position to fire two torpedoes at 1808 hours, but both of them missed. ww2dbase [HM]
  • French Lieutenant Alain le Ray became the first Allied serviceman to escape from Colditz Castle, site of the prisoner of war camp Oflag IV-C, in Germany. ww2dbase [Colditz Castle | Colditz, Sachsen | CPC]
  • The damaged 8,324-ton Norwegian motor tanker Pericles, in service with the British Admiralty Royal Fleet Auxiliary, departed Suda Bay, Crete, Greece in tow at 1130 hours for Port Said, Egypt as a member of a convoy. ww2dbase [Crete | HM]
  • Destroyers HMS Jervis, HMS Janus, HMS Nubian, and HMS Mohawk of the British 14th Destroyer Flotilla arrived in Malta to act as a night striking force. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | AC]
United States
  • Fearing that Britain might be invaded, the US Army Air Corps invited designs for a bomber capable of carrying out missions against Europe directly from the continental United States. The chosen design, the massive Convair B-36 Peacemaker, however, would not be completed until 1946. ww2dbase [AC]

11 Apr 1941 Interactive Map

11 Apr 1942
  • Fleet Admiral Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu, former Chief of Naval General Staff, paid a call on Yamato. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • USS Trout damaged Japanese tanker Nisshin Maru 5 miles off the southern coast of Japan. ww2dbase [Trout | CPC]
  • American submarine USS Searaven evacuated 33 Australian Army personnel from Timor Island. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java | CPC]
  • German submarine U-123 damaged US tanker Gulfamerica within 5 kilometers of Jacksonville, Florida, United States at 0422 hours, killing 19 of 48 aboard; the burning hulk would finally sink 5 days later. German submarine U-203 damaged US tanker Harry F. Sinclair Jr. 20 kilometers southeast of Swansboro, North Carolina, United States at 1320 hours, killing 10 of 36 aboard; the hulk would later be towed for repairs. 20 kilometers further east, U-160 sank British ship Ulysses; all 290 aboard survived. German submarine U-103 sank Norwegian ship Grenanger in the middle of the Atlantic ocean at 1855 hours; all 36 aboard survived. Finally, off Brazil, Italian submarine Calvi sank Norwegian vessel Balkis. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Makassar, Celebes. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • Grunion was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Grunion | CPC]
  • British anti-submarine trawler HMT St. Cathan collided with Dutch freighter Hebe and sank 60 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Torbay attacked two Italian schooners with her deck gun northwest of Corfu, Greece, sinking Gesu Crocifisso and forcing Natalina to ground to prevent sinking. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US A-20 Havoc bombers attacked Japanese shipping in the Gulf of Huon off Lae, Australian New Guinea, damaging transport Taijun Maru. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • German Ju 88 aircraft attacked Allied convoy QP-10, damaging ship Stone Street and sinking British ship Empire Cowper (19 were killed); a heavy snow storm prevented the Germans from launching another air attack on the Arctic convoy. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Eight B-26 Marauder bombers took off from Port Moresby, Australian Papua at 0900 hours; one of them would return to base due to engine trouble. The remaining seven attacked Vunakanau airfield and Lakunai airfield near Rabaul, New Britain, causing minimal damage. As the bomber crews returned to base, they reported a sighting of a fleet carrier (most likely mis-identified Kasuga Maru), causing the commanders to scramble to prepare a major strike against the target. ww2dbase [Taiyo | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • In Burma, British troops formed a new defensive line, Minhia-Taungdwingyi-Pyinmana, on the Irrawaddy River. After dark, the Japanese reached this line, launching a first attack on the Indian 48th Brigade at Kokkogwa. ww2dbase [Invasion of Burma | CPC]
  • American submarine USS Thresher provided a weather report on Tokyo, Japan for the Doolittle Raiders. ww2dbase [Doolittle Raid | Tokyo | CPC]
  • Nachi arrived at Akkeshi Bay, Hokkaido, Japan. ww2dbase [Nachi | Akkeshi Bay, Hokkaido | CPC]
  • Axis bombers attacked La Valletta harbor, Malta, wrecking British destroyer HMS Kingston in the dry dock. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | La Valletta | CPC]
  • US Army Brigadier General Ralph Royce led 10 B-25 bombers and 3 B-17 bombers from Darwin, Australia to Mindanao, Philippine Islands; they were to be used for bombing Japanese forward positions. On the Bataan peninsula on the island of Luzon, 350 Filipino prisoners of war were killed by the Japanese north of Mount Samat during the Bataan Death March. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | CPC]
  • A Soviet landing attempt near Eupatoria (Yevpatoria) near Sevastopol, Russia was halted by the Germans. ww2dbase [Battle of Sevastopol | Yevpatoria, Krym | TH]
  • Alexander Novikov stepped down as the First Deputy to the Air Force Commander. ww2dbase [Alexander Novikov | CPC]
Singapore United States Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1942
San Juan off Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 11 Apr 1942Exclusion Order posted to direct Japanese-Americans living in the first San Francisco section to evacuate, California, United States, 11 Apr 1942US Navy blimp L-8 making rendezvous with Doolittle Raiders fleet, off California, United States, 11 Apr 1942Ralph Talbot off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 11 Apr 1942, photo 2 of 2
See all photos dated 11 Apr 1942

11 Apr 1942 Interactive Map

11 Apr 1943
  • SS doctors at concentration camps were given orders to select prisoners to be sent to Hartheim Castle in Austria to be euthanized. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
  • The Germans lost several transport aircraft flying between Sicily, Italy and Tunisia, Italian North Africa. On the ground, Allied troops captured Kairouan, Tunisia. ww2dbase [Conclusion of the Desert War | CPC]
  • Destroyer HMS Beverley (Lieutenant Commander R. A. Price) was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-188 (Kapitänleutnant Siegfried Lüdden) while escorting Atlantic convoy ON-176. Her loss would be officially announced by the Admiralty on 2 May 1943. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Adolf Hitler issued orders that the best armies, the best leaders and the best weapons were to be made available for employment in the "Encirclement of the enemy forces deployed in the Kursk area". ww2dbase [Battle of Kursk | AC]
Australian Papua
  • 73 Zero fighters and 27 D3A carrier dive bombers attacked Oro Bay near Dobodura, Australian Papua, sinking 1 US cargo ship, sinking 1 US destroyer, damaging 1 transport, and damaging 1 Australian minesweeper. ww2dbase [Solomon Islands Campaign | Dobodura Airfield | Dobodura | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • USS Tunny was observed by a Japanese ship 40 kilometers off of Truk, Caroline Islands, but there was no subsequent attack. Early in the afternoon, she intercepted Japanese submarine I-9; she fired three forward torpedoes, and the Japanese submarines fired two; all torpedoes missed. Japanese aircraft arrived to hunt USS Tunny, but the bombs dropped caused no damage. USS Tunny would remain submerged until sundown. After dark, while on the surface, she made radar contact with a Japanese destroyer; as she moved to attack, the destroyer also detected her, attacking with nine depth charges; Tunny would remain submerged for hours to escape the attack. ww2dbase [Tunny | Truk | CPC]
Hawaii Poland United States
  • USS Hoe arrived at New London, Connecticut, United States from the Portsmouth Navy Yard. ww2dbase [Hoe | New London, Connecticut | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1943
Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 11 Apr 1943USS Minneapolis at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii after being fitted with a new bow, 11 Apr 1943, photo 1 of 2USS Minneapolis at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii after being fitted with a new bow, 11 Apr 1943, photo 2 of 2Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 11 Apr 1943.

11 Apr 1943 Interactive Map

11 Apr 1944
  • The German SS organization ordered that prisoners who have committed sabotage were to be publicly executed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Swiss authorities destroyed the new German Bf 110 aircraft that was brought into Switzerland by a defector pilot two days prior. In appreciation of this gesture, Germany provided Switzerland 12 Me 109 fighters. ww2dbase [Bf 110 | CPC]
  • USS Tunny arrived in Brisbane, Australia, ending her fifth war patrol. ww2dbase [Tunny | CPC]
  • Fieberling was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Fieberling | CPC]
  • Me 410 fighters shot down 10 B-17 bombers over Europe on this date. ww2dbase [Me 410 Hornisse | CPC]
  • U-860, a Type IX-D Type German submarine, under Fregattenkapitän Paul Büchel, set sail from Kiel, Germany. She carried, among others, 100 tons of mercury and 100 tons of lead for Japan as well as location devices, test equipment, tools and consumables for 4 submarines in East Asia. She was to make a stop at Kristiansand, Norway before heading into the Atlantic Ocean. ww2dbase [U-860 | Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein | HM]
India Japan
  • Yamato departed Kure, Japan for trials in the Iyo Nada; she arrived at Hashirajima island in Hiroshima Bay that evening. ww2dbase [Yamato | Hashirajima, Yamaguchi | CPC]
Marshall Islands
  • USS Flying Fish arrived at Majuro, Marshall Islands, ending her ninth war patrol. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | Majuro | CPC]
Netherlands Russia
  • Soviet troops captured Kerch, Russia. ww2dbase [Kerch, Krym | TH]
US Pacific Islands Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1944
B-17G Fortress of the 728th Bombardment Squadron after making a forced landing 8km west of Schillig, Germany due to flak damage over Rostock, Apr 11, 1944. All 10 crew members survived and were taken prisonerBGen Jesse Auton, Gen Eisenhower, LGen Carl Spaatz, MGen James Doolittle, MGen William E Kepner, Col Donald M Blakeslee, Apr 11 1944. VIPs were present for the presentation of Blakeslee with the Distinguished Service Cross, RAF Debden, Essex, England, UKOverhead view of PT-515, an Elco 80-foot motor torpedo boat with MTB Squadron 35, making a dash across Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, United States as the squadron moved from Rhode Island to Florida, 11 Apr 1944.

11 Apr 1944 Interactive Map

11 Apr 1945
  • British Second Army captured Celle, Germany. ww2dbase [AC]
  • The Soviet 4th Guards Army attacked the canals over the Danube River in Vienna, Ostmark, Germany. Nearby, Soviet 20th Guards Rifle Corps and 1st Mechanized Corps attacked the Reichsbrücke Bridge but failing to take it. After observing the fighting on the front lines in the district of Florisdorf, Otto Skorzeny concluded that Vienna was to fall within a day. ww2dbase [Battle of Vienna | AC]
  • USS Missouri, USS Enterprise, USS Essex, and 6 destroyers were damaged by Japanese special attack aircraft off Okinawa, Japan. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | CPC]
  • American troops captured an intact V-weapon plant in Nordhausen, Germany; top American leadership soon sent in engineers to remove as much equipment as possible ahead of the arrival of Soviet troops. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Soviet troops reached the Elbe River near Magdeburg, Germany. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • A Japanese special attack aircraft crashed into the starboard side of USS Missouri, causing minor damage. The remains of the Japanese pilot was given a sea burial with military honors. ww2dbase [Missouri | CPC]
  • USS Parche sank a small Japanese freighter off Japan with her deck gun. ww2dbase [Parche | CPC]
  • Harry Dimoline was reverted to the rank of colonel. ww2dbase [Harry Dimoline | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland bombarded targets at Sabang, Sumatra (now Indonesia) during offensive sweep against shipping in Indian Ocean as part of Sunfish. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • Anglo-Indian troops captured Pyabwe, Burma at dawn; 2,000 dead Japanese bodies were counted in the region after the fierce battle. To the southwest, mechanized Anglo-Indian troops reached the Taungdwingyi area. ww2dbase [Battle of Rangoon | Pyabwe | CPC]
  • Naoto Kohiyama stepped down as the President of the South Manchuria Railway. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany Italy Japan
  • I-401 departed Kure, Japan for Dalian, China; she was tasked to bring fuel back to Kure, whose stores were becoming depleted. ww2dbase [I-401 | Kure, Hiroshima | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 164 was laid down by Osaka Zosen; this craft would not be completed. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 175 was launched. ww2dbase [No. 101/103-class | CPC]
  • USS Ancon set sail for Saipan, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Okinawa Campaign | Ancon | Okinawa | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Gabilan fired four torpedoes at a convoy of small Japanese ships in the South China Sea; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Gabilan | South China Sea | CPC]
  • The Toroku Prisoners of War Camp in central Taiwan was closed. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1945
Molotov, Stalin, and Tito, Moscow, 11 Apr 1945Japanese special attack Zero fighter crashing into USS Missouri, off Okinawa, Japan, 11 April 1945US Army Nurse Corps Captain Della H. Raney, the first African-American nurse of the US Army in WW2, Camp Beale, California, United States, 11 Apr 1945Contralto singer Marian Anderson entertaining a group of African-American US Army personnel, San Antonio Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, Texas, United States, 11 Apr 1945
See all photos dated 11 Apr 1945

11 Apr 1945 Interactive Map

11 Apr 1946
  • Joseph Stalin informed the Soviet Politburo explaining why former Soviet Aviation Industry Commissar Aleksei Shakhurin and his colleagues were arrested, centering largely on their responsibility for manufacturing faulty aircraft during WW2. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1946
General Dwight Eisenhower speaking at the Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory at Lewis Field, Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 11 Apr 1946; note lab director Edward Sharp in background
11 Apr 1947

  • Rudolf Höss wrote the last letters to his wife and children from his prison cell in Poland. ww2dbase [Rudolf Höss | CPC]
11 Apr 1949

Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1949
USS Capitaine, 11 Apr 1949
11 Apr 1951

Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1951
Telegram from H. V. Schoepflin to Harry Truman protesting the removal of Douglas MacArthur, 11 Apr 1951
11 Apr 1952

United States
  • USS Bluefish arrived at Key West, Florida, United States and joined Submarine Division 41. ww2dbase [Bluefish | Key West, Florida | CPC]

11 Apr 1952 Interactive Map

11 Apr 1953

United States
  • Oveta Hobby was made the Secretary of US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. ww2dbase [Oveta Hobby | CPC]
11 Apr 1961
  • Nikolai Kamanin parted with Yuri Gagarin, the latter of which would embark on the historic space flight on the following day. ww2dbase [Nikolai Kamanin | CPC]
11 Apr 1964

United States
  • At 0700 hours, public visitation of Douglas MacArthur's casket ceased; between 1800 hours on 9 Apr and this time, 62,000 people filed past the bier. At 0930 hours, the last ceremony was held for MacArthur at the rotunda of what was to become the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. The final act of national mourning took place at sunset when a battery at nearby Fort Monroe fired a 19-gun salute. ww2dbase [Douglas MacArthur | Norfolk, Virginia | CPC]
11 Apr 1967

United States
11 Apr 1974

United States
  • USS Tirante was sold to United Minerals and Alloys of New York, United States for scrapping. ww2dbase [Tirante | CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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