Diary April 30, 1942

Two U-boats

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, April 30, 1942: Sea War Arctic: Cruiser Edinburgh torpedoed by U-boat U-456. Next day she is further damaged by 3 German destroyers (1 lost); Edinburgh sunk by Royal Navy. Atlantic: Secret meteorological station established on… learn more

Diary April 29, 1942

Hitler confers with his leading generals and Mussolini

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, April 29, 1942: Politics Germany: Hitler and Mussolini confer near Salzburg (April 29 and 30). Southeast Asia Burma: JAPANESE CUT BURMA ROAD by seizing town of Lashio. Pacific Philippines: Japanese 240-mm howitzers pound Corregidor. Occupied… learn more

Diary April 29, 1917

Manfred and Lothar von Richthofen

World War One Diary for Sunday, April 29, 1917: Air War Western Front: Richthofen scores 3 victories (50th to 52nd) in 3 sorties, including one Spad with one by brother Lothar before lunch in mess with father Major Baron Albrecht… learn more

Diary April 28, 1942

Ki-48 'Lily'

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, April 28, 1942: Air War Mediterranean: Night raid on Alexandria (102 killed, 111 injured). Southeast Asia: Japanese incendiary raid on Lashio, at south end of Burma Road. Home Fronts USA: Office of Price Administration freezes… learn more

Diary April 26, 1942

railroad gun 'Schwerer Gustav'

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, April 26, 1942: Home Fronts Germany: Reichstag rubber stamps Hitler‘s assumption of total dictatorial powers. learn more

Diary April 25, 1942

Russian 37-mm anti-aircraft gun

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, April 25, 1942: Air War Eastern Front: Heavy raid on Leningrad. North Africa: Free French Bretagne bomber squadron attacks Italian outposts in South Libya. learn more

Diary April 24, 1942

cruiser Aurora winter 1941-42

WW2 War Diary for Friday, April 24, 1942: Air War Eastern Front – Operation Goetz von Berlichingen: Russian cruiser Kirov receives further damage from Luftwaffe at Leningrad. Home Fronts Canada: Death of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of ‘Anne of Green… learn more

Diary April 23, 1942

'milch cow' U-boats of Type XIV

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, April 23, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: First ‘milch cow’ U-boat U-459 refuels 14 other U-boats at secret rendezvous 805 km northeast of Bermuda (April 23-May 5). Air War Britain – Baedeker Raids: Luftwaffe commences series… learn more

Diary April 22, 1942

German editors and French Pressure transducer

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, April 22, 1942: Sea War Chanel: Major Lord Lovat and commandos raid Boulogne. Naval forces cripple 2 armed trawlers. learn more

Diary April 21, 1942

soldiers with a Maxim-MG in action

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, April 21, 1942: Occupied Territories France: 20 French hostages executed at St Nazaire for alleged complicity with British during Operation Chariot (March 27, 1942). learn more

Diary April 20, 1942

Allied destroyer is reloading deepth-charges

WW2 War Diary for Monday, April 20, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: Major reorganization of Allied convoy system: first of 11 new ‘escort groups’ commences regular patrols between ‘WESTOMP’ (‘Western Ocean Meeting Point’), off Newfoundland, and ‘EASTOMP’, off Londonderry. Occupied Territories… learn more

Diary April 19, 1942

Commander and Supreme helmsman

WW2 War Diary for Sunday, April 19, 1942: Sea War Caribbean: U-boat U-130 shells Curacao oil refinery. learn more

Diary April 18, 1942

B-25 Mitchell launching from USS Hornet

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, April 18, 1942: Air War Pacific: DOOLITTLE RAID. 16 US Army AF B-25 Mitchell bombers, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel ‘Jimmy’ Doolittle, operating from carrier Hornet, make surprise daylight raid on Tokyo, Yokosuka naval base, Nagoya, Osaka… learn more

Diary April 17, 1942

Yenangyuang oil field on fire

WW2 War Diary for Friday, April 17, 1942: Southeast Asia Burma: Retreating British set fire to Yenangyaung oilfields. Occupied Territories France: General Henri Giraud, ex-CO French 9th Army, escapes from Konigstein Castle, near Dresden, by climbing down 46-m-long ‘home-made’ rope.… learn more

Diary April 16, 1942

Two German soldiers with their MG34 man a defensive post on the Channel coast

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, April 16, 1942: Occupied Territories France: Field Marshal von Rundstedt put in charge of the ‘Atlantic Wall‘. Home Fronts Malta: GEORGE CROSS AWARDED TO MALTA in recognition of untold heroism of entire civilian and military… learn more

Diary April 15, 1942

Allies provide the Resistance

WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, April 15, 1917: Occupied Territories France: French Resistance carries out grenade attack on German HQ building in Arras. learn more

Diary April 14, 1942

depth charge explodes

WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, April 14, 1942: Sea War Atlantic: US destroyer Roper sinks U-boat U-85 off Cape Hatteras – first major success for US anti-submarine forces. Mediterranean: Lt.-Cdr. Wanklyn, British submarine ‘ace’, lost when Upholder is depth-charged off… learn more

Diary April 13, 1942

B-25 bomber in close above the jungle

WW2 War Diary for Monday, April 13, 1942: Air War Pacific: ‘The Royce Raid’. Special squadron of 3 B-17 Fortress and 10 B-25 Mitchell bombers (1 lost) led by Brigade-General Royce, flies from north Australia to secret strip in south… learn more

Diary April 12, 1942

US heavy fortress artillery on Corregidor

WW2 War Diary for Thursday, April 12, 1942: Air War Pacific: 12 Japanese raids on Corregidor and Manila Bay forts (Philippines). Germany: 178 RAF bombers attacking Essen and dropping 269t of bombs. learn more

Diary April 11, 1942

column of German Panzer III, crowded with infantrymen

WW2 War Diary for Saturday, April 11, 1942: Home Fronts India: British Government’s constitutional proposals withdrawn, following their outright rejection by Congress Party. Stafford Cripps broadcasts to Indian people. Bulgaria: Bulgarian Cabinet resigns in protest over German demands for Bulgaria’s… learn more