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2 Apr 1942
  • USAAF B-17 bombers attacked the Japanese fleet at the Andaman Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Submarine USS Searaven departed with ammunition for Corregidor, Philippine Islands, but she would be unable to deliver the cargo before the American garrison surrendered. ww2dbase [Searaven | CPC]
  • The first flight echelon of US Marine Aircraft Group 13 arrived at Tutuila, American Samoa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-6 sank British ship Clan Ross 350 miles west of India; 11 were killed, 38 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-123 damaged US tanker Liebre with her deck gun 17 miles off Cape Fear, North Carolina, United States at 0718 hours; 9 were killed, 25 survived. After British motor torpedo boat MTB-332 chased off U-123, Liebre would be towed back to port for repairs. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Three B-17 bombers of US 10th Air Force based in Calcutta, India attacked Japanese shipping in the Andaman Islands, claiming hits on one cruiser and one transport. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Seeadler completed her escort duties for merchant raider Michel. ww2dbase [Seeadler | English Channel | CPC]
  • Morosini sighted German submarine U-108 in the Atlantic Ocean at 2050 hours and exchanged recognition signals. ww2dbase [Morosini | U-108 | CPC]
Australian New Guinea Burma Dutch East Indies
  • Natori towed Naka toward Bantam Bay, Java, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Naka | Java | CPC]
  • Finnish forces occupied the strategic island of Tytärsaari (Russian: Bolshoy Tyuters) in the Gulf of Finland. ww2dbase [Tytärsaari | AC]
France New Caledonia Russia United Kingdom United States Photo(s) dated 2 Apr 1942
Kittyhawk Mark I fighter with the RAF 112 Squadron taxiing through the scrub of the Libyan desert, 2 Apr 1942. The crewman on the wing is helping guide the pilot whose view is obscured by the aircraft’s raised nose.US Navy blimp L-8 delivering 300 pounds of spare parts for B-25 bombers to USS Hornet, off California, United States, 2 Apr 1942Impounded cars owned by Japanese-Americans, Manzanar Relocation Center, California, United States, 2 Apr 1942Dining Hall scene at the Manzanar Relocation Center for deported Japanese-Americans, Inyo County, California, United States, 2 Apr 1942.

2 Apr 1942 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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