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25 Apr 1942
  • USS Enterprise arrived at Pearl Harbor after conducting the Doolittle Raid. ww2dbase [Enterprise | CPC]
  • USS Hornet arrived at Pearl Harbor after conducting the Doolittle Raid. ww2dbase [Hornet (Yorktown-class) | CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Davao, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Yukikaze | CPC]
  • German submarine U-108 sank British ship Modesta 110 miles northwest of Bermuda at 0831 hours; 18 were killed, 23 survived. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • USS Spearfish sank Japanese freighter Toba Maru near the mouth of the Lingayen Gulf in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Spearfish | CPC]
Australia
  • 27 Japanese bombers, escorted by 15 fighters, attacked the airfield near Darwin, Australia; fighters of the US 49th Pursuit Group, flying P-40 Warhawk fighters, shot down 10 bombers and 2 fighters without any losses. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Four B-17E Flying Fortress bombers of US 30th Bomb Squadron were launched from Seven Mile airfield near Port Moresby, Australian Papua at 0300 hours to attack Rabaul, New Britain; one of them would ran off the runway in the darkness and became stuck in thick mud, while another crashed into Mount Obree. At 0800 hours, Zero fighters attacked Seven Mile and destroyed the stuck bomber. ww2dbase [CPC]
Burma
  • Alexander, Slim, and Stilwell met at Kyaukse, Burma, 25 miles south of Mandalay. It was decided that all Allied troops were to be pulled out of Burma, but Slim demanded that no British nor Indian units would be withdrawn to China even if the Chinese border was closer to that of India's. Meanwhile, Japanese and Chinese troops clashed at Loilem, central Burma. ww2dbase [Invasion of Burma | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Shokaku arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Shokaku | CPC]
  • Chuichi Hara arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Chuichi Hara | CPC]
China
  • Troops of the Japanese 22nd Infantry Division began to conduct a search in Zhejiang and Jiangxi Provinces on the Chinese coast, burning down and massacring entire villages suspected of assisting the Doolittle Raiders. ww2dbase [Doolittle Raid | CPC]
Germany Italy
  • Various Italian naval units began departing Italy by road to Vienna, Austria for the ultimate destination the Black Sea via the Danube River. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • Captain Taijiro Aoki relieved Captain Hasegawa as the commanding officer of carrier Akagi. ww2dbase [Akagi | CPC]
  • Japanese hospital ship Hikawa Maru departed Yokosuka, Japan for her third voyage for the Japanese Navy. ww2dbase [Hikawa Maru | CPC]
  • Nachi arrived at Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Nachi | CPC]
  • Lieutenant Commander Shohei Matsumoto was named the commanding officer of Kamikaze, relieving Lieutenant Commander Kanematsu Hashimoto. ww2dbase [Kamikaze | CPC]
Libya
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down two fighters north of Ain el Gazala, Libya, first piloted by Squadron Leader Osgood Hanbury (his 53rd kill) and the second piloted by Sergeant Wareham (his 54th kill). ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | CPC]
Philippines
  • The final US-Filipino stronghold on the island of Luzon in the Philippine Islands, Corregidor, while already under daily bombardment for the past two weeks, began to be subjected to night-time bombardment as well. At 2200 hours, two 240-millimeter shells hit the opening of a tunnel leading into the underground command center, killing 15. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | Malinta Tunnel | CPC]
Poland United Kingdom
  • Luftwaffe aircraft conducted a raid on Bath, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | TH]
Photo(s) dated 25 Apr 1942
A wounded Doolittle raider lying in a cot, surrounded by John Hilger and Chinese military presonnel, China, Apr 1942F2A-3 Buffalo fighter possibly of USMC squadron VMF-212 being serviced in a camouflaged revetment, Marine Corps Air Station Ewa, US Territory of Hawaii, 25 Apr 1942A crowd of onlookers on the first day of evacuation of Japanese residents of San Francisco, California, United States, who themselves would be sent to internment camps within three days, 25 Apr 1942Japanese-Americans outside a Civil Control Station at the Japanese American Citizens League Auditorium, San Francisco, California, United States, 25 Apr 1942

25 Apr 1942 Interactive Map

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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