Britain – ‘LITTLE BLITZ’ ON LONDON (Operation Steinbock = ‘Ibex’): motley force of 447 aircraft (including He 177 heavy bombers) despatched, but only 32t bombs on target; 9 aircraft lost. 13 similar night raids January 29-30 to April 18-19.
Germany: 648 RAF night bombers raid Magdeburg (2,024t bombs). 2 German night fighter ‘aces’ Wittgenstein (83 victories) and Meurer (65 victories) killed.
Northern Sector: Shattering Russian artillery bombardment overwhelms German garrison of Mga, southeast of Leningrad.
Italy: US 36th (Texas) Division heavily defeated during attempted crossing of river Rapido.
Iceland: German agents report the departure of British Arctic Convoy JW.56A.