2 Apr 1941
  • Battleship Bismarck received two aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German troops captured Agedabia and Zuetania in North Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-48 sank British ship Beaverdale with one torpedo and deck gun 300 miles southwest of Iceland at 0150 hours; 21 were killed and 58 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Canadian armed merchant cruiser Prince Henry intercepted two German merchant ships off Peru; the German ships were scuttled by their own crews to prevent capture. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German bombers attacked Allied convoy AS23 25 miles south of Crete, Greece, sinking 2 freighters and damaging 2 others. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied convoy SC-26 ran into a patrol line formed by eight German submarines 460 miles southwest of Iceland. Overnight, German submarines U-46, U-69, U-73, and U-74 sank 6 merchant ships, damaged 1 merchant ship, and damaged the escorting British armed merchant cruiser HMS Worcestershire; 110 men were killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Subhash Chandra Bose arrived in Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Astoria departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Italian Eritrea
  • In Eritrea, Italian East Africa, British troops offered surrender terms to Italian Admiral Mario Bonetti's fleet which had sortied out of Massawa on the previous day; Bonetti chose to press on with his planned attack on Port Sudan in British Sudan. British armored cars under Colonel Bernard Fletcher cut off the Italian retreat from Eritrea at Adigrat. Finally, in Abyssinia, 22nd East African Brigade of the British 11th African Division reached the Awash River. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down a Hurricane fighter near Tobruk, Libya at 1250 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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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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