2 Apr 1942
  • Submarine USS Searaven departed with ammunition for Corregidor, Philippine Islands, but she would be unable to deliver the cargo before the American garrison surrendered. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Astoria departed from Nouméa, New Caledonia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USAAF B-17 bombers attacked the Japanese fleet at the Andaman Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The first flight echelon of US Marine Aircraft Group 13 arrived at Tutuila, American Samoa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-6 sank British ship Clan Ross 350 miles west of India; 11 were killed, 38 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-123 damaged US tanker Liebre with her deck gun 17 miles off Cape Fear, North Carolina, United States at 0718 hours; 9 were killed, 25 survived. After British motor torpedo boat MTB-332 chased off U-123, Liebre would be towed back to port for repairs. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Three B-17 bombers of US 10th Air Force based in Calcutta, India attacked Japanese shipping in the Andaman Islands, claiming hits on one cruiser and one transport. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea Burma
  • Japanese troops drove Indian 17th Division out of Prome, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Finland
  • Finnish forces occupied the strategic island of Tytärsaari (Russian: Bolshoy Tyuters) in the Gulf of Finland. ww2dbase [AC]
  • 40 British Wellington and 10 Stirling bombers attacked the Ford factory at Poissy, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Light cruiser Voroshilov bombarded Axis troop positions Feodossiya, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German bombers attacked Dover and Weymouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Hornet departed Naval Air Station Alameda near San Francisco, California with James Doolittle and his 16 US Army B-25 bombers on board. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Apr 1942
Impounded cars owned by Japanese-Americans, Manzanar Relocation Center, California, United States, 2 Apr 1942Kittyhawk Mark I fighter with the RAF 112 Squadron taxiing through the scrub of the Libyan desert, 2 Apr 1942. The crewman on the wing is helping guide the pilot whose view is obscured by the aircraft’s raised nose.

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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