7 Apr 1942
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Tarakan, Borneo. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Japanese-Americans began to be relocated from the coastal defense zones in western United States. The American state of Colorado agreed to accept voluntary relocation of enemy aliens; it was the only western state to do so. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Protestant Christian theologian K. F. Stellbrink and three Roman Catholic priests were arrested by the German government for anti-Nazi activities. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-754 sank Norwegian tanker Kollskegg 370 miles northwest of Bermuda at 0218 hours; 4 were killed, 38 survived. U-552 sank British freighter British Splendour at 0417 hours (12 were killed, 41 survived) and Norwegian whale factory ship Lancing at 1052 hours (1 was killed, 49 survived) off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the Soviet Union, a Decree permitted local Authorities to distribute uncultivated land to the populace for food growing allotments. ww2dbase [AC]
  • British submarine HMS Turbulent sank Italian freighter Rosa M. with 39 rounds from the deck gun 7 miels south of Petrovac, Yogoslavia at 1730 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-6 sank British freighter Bahadur 300 miles west of Bombay, India at 1920 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-453 damaged British hospital ship HMHS Somersetshire with three torpedoes 40 miles North of Sid Barrani, Egypt at 1300 hours; 2 were killed, 180 survived. The survivors reboarded the ship later and was able to sail to Alexandria, Egypt for repairs. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea Japan Malta
  • British tugs HMS Emily and HMS Hellespont were sunk at Malta by Axis air raids. ww2dbase [CPC]
Philippines
  • A Japanese dive bomber destroyed an ammunition truck near American field hospital No. 1 at Bataan, Philippine Islands at 1000 hours. Shortly after, Japanese aircraft returned to attack the hospital, which had large red crosses painted on the roof, killing 89 and wounding 101; a significant portion of the drug supplies were destroyed in this attack. On the front lines, Japanese assaulted positions held by US and Filipino troops of the US II Corps along the San Vicente River, penetrating the line by noon, forcing the Allies to fall back to the line at the Mamala River in the afternoon, which would also abandoned by 2100 hours for the Alangan River further to the south. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 Apr 1942
Bulletin written in Japanese informing Japanese-Americans of evacuation orders, Los Angeles, California, United States, 7 Apr 1942

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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