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22 Apr 1942
  • Soviet submarine M-173 sank German ship Blankenese in the Barents Sea 3 miles off the northeastern tip of Norway. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • American submarine USS Sailfish departed with ammunition for the American troops at Corregidor in the Philippine Islands; the island garrison would surrender before this mission was completed. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Ambon, Maluku Islands and then departed later on the same day. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • In order to ensure continuing supplies to China, Assam in India, and Burma, China Ferry Command was established to airlift essential needs over the Himalayan "Hump" route. ww2dbase [AC]
  • German submarine U-201 sank US freighter San Jacinto 375 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States at 0329 hours, killing 14 of 183 aboard. Hours later, at 0905 hours, U-201 struck again, sinking British ship Derryheen; all 51 aboard survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • German submarine U-81 sank four small sailing vessels 20 miles west of Palestine during the course of the day. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Western Pacific Territories Burma
  • British troops fell back to Meiktila, Burma while Indian 17th Infantry Division fell back from Taungdwingyi to Mahlaing to protect Mandalay. ww2dbase [Invasion of Burma | CPC]
  • Canadian and British troops raided the beaches near Boulogne, France in Operation Abercrombie, which failed to capture any German prisoners for interrogation and failed to destroy searchlight equipment. ww2dbase [Boulogne-sur-Mer, Nord-Pas-de-Calais | CPC]
  • Alpino Bagnolini departed Bordeaux, France at 1048 hours, arriving at Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Aquitaine, France at 1905 hours. ww2dbase [Alpino Bagnolini | Bordeaux, Aquitaine | CPC]
  • Comandante Cappellini departed Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Aquitaine, France at 0753 hours and arrived La Pallice, La Rochelle, France at 1836 hours. ww2dbase [Comandante Cappellini | Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Aquitaine | CPC]
  • 64 British Wellington bombers and 5 Stirling bombers attacked Köln (Cologne), Germany using the new Gee radio transmitter system for blind navigation and bombing. About 15 aircraft were able to bomb accurately, killing 4 civilians and wounding 8, while a few bombers released their bombs as far as 10 miles from Köln. Two Wellington bombers were lost during this raid. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Köln, Köln-Aachen | CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team based in Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii detected a concentration of Japanese warships at Rabaul, New Britain, including five carriers; while they correctly determined that Shokaku, Zuikaku, and Shoho being at Rabaul, they had mistakenly placed two others (including Kaga) at this location. ww2dbase [Battle of Coral Sea | Pearl Harbor Navy Base and Ford Island Naval Air Station | Honolulu, Oahu | CPC]
Japan Malta
  • German and Italian aircraft attacked Malta. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • No. 616 Squadron RAF based in RAF Kings Cliffe in Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom received the first of the high-altitude Spitfire Mk VI aircraft intended to counter high-flying German reconnaissance bombers. They were passed on to meteorological reconnaissance units when replaced by Mk VII variants in 1943. ww2dbase [Spitfire | Battle of Britain | Kings Cliffe, England | AC]
United States Photo(s) dated 22 Apr 1942
USS Washington underway in the Atlantic Ocean, 22 Apr 1942

22 Apr 1942 Interactive Map

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