11 Apr 1942
  • Fleet Admiral Prince Fushimi Hiroyasu, former Chief of Naval General Staff, paid a call on Yamato. ww2dbase [Yamato | CPC]
  • USS Trout damaged Japanese tanker Nisshin Maru 5 miles off the southern coast of Japan. ww2dbase [Trout | CPC]
  • American submarine USS Searaven evacuated 33 Australian Army personnel from Timor Island. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java | CPC]
  • German submarine U-123 damaged US tanker Gulfamerica within 5 kilometers of Jacksonville, Florida, United States at 0422 hours, killing 19 of 48 aboard; the burning hulk would finally sink 5 days later. German submarine U-203 damaged US tanker Harry F. Sinclair Jr. 20 kilometers southeast of Swansboro, North Carolina, United States at 1320 hours, killing 10 of 36 aboard; the hulk would later be towed for repairs. 20 kilometers further east, U-160 sank British ship Ulysses; all 290 aboard survived. German submarine U-103 sank Norwegian ship Grenanger in the middle of the Atlantic ocean at 1855 hours; all 36 aboard survived. Finally, off Brazil, Italian submarine Calvi sank Norwegian vessel Balkis. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Makassar, Celebes. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • Grunion was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Grunion | CPC]
  • British anti-submarine trawler HMT St. Cathan collided with Dutch freighter Hebe and sank 60 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Torbay attacked two Italian schooners with her deck gun northwest of Corfu, Greece, sinking Gesu Crocifisso and forcing Natalina to ground to prevent sinking. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US A-20 Havoc bombers attacked Japanese shipping in the Gulf of Huon off Lae, Australian New Guinea, damaging transport Taijun Maru. ww2dbase [New Guinea-Papua Campaign, Phase 2 | CPC]
  • German Ju 88 aircraft attacked Allied convoy QP-10, damaging ship Stone Street and sinking British ship Empire Cowper (19 were killed); a heavy snow storm prevented the Germans from launching another air attack on the Arctic convoy. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Eight B-26 Marauder bombers took off from Port Moresby, Australian Papua at 0900 hours; one of them would return to base due to engine trouble. The remaining seven attacked Vunakanau airfield and Lakunai airfield near Rabaul, New Britain, causing minimal damage. As the bomber crews returned to base, they reported a sighting of a fleet carrier (most likely mis-identified Kasuga Maru), causing the commanders to scramble to prepare a major strike against the target. ww2dbase [Taiyo | Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
  • In Burma, British troops formed a new defensive line, Minhia-Taungdwingyi-Pyinmana, on the Irrawaddy River. After dark, the Japanese reached this line, launching a first attack on the Indian 48th Brigade at Kokkogwa. ww2dbase [Invasion of Burma | CPC]
  • American submarine USS Thresher provided a weather report on Tokyo, Japan for the Doolittle Raiders. ww2dbase [Doolittle Raid | Tokyo | CPC]
  • Nachi arrived at Akkeshi Bay, Hokkaido, Japan. ww2dbase [Nachi | Akkeshi Bay, Hokkaido | CPC]
  • Axis bombers attacked La Valletta harbor, Malta, wrecking British destroyer HMS Kingston in the dry dock. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | La Valletta | CPC]
  • US Army Brigadier General Ralph Royce led 10 B-25 bombers and 3 B-17 bombers from Darwin, Australia to Mindanao, Philippine Islands; they were to be used for bombing Japanese forward positions. On the Bataan peninsula on the island of Luzon, 350 Filipino prisoners of war were killed by the Japanese north of Mount Samat during the Bataan Death March. ww2dbase [Invasion of the Philippine Islands | CPC]
  • A Soviet landing attempt near Eupatoria (Yevpatoria) near Sevastopol, Russia was halted by the Germans. ww2dbase [Battle of Sevastopol | Yevpatoria, Krym | TH]
  • Alexander Novikov stepped down as the First Deputy to the Air Force Commander. ww2dbase [Alexander Novikov | CPC]
Singapore United States Photo(s) dated 11 Apr 1942
San Juan off Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 11 Apr 1942Exclusion Order posted to direct Japanese-Americans living in the first San Francisco section to evacuate, California, United States, 11 Apr 1942US Navy blimp L-8 making rendezvous with Doolittle Raiders fleet, off California, United States, 11 Apr 1942Ralph Talbot off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 11 Apr 1942, photo 2 of 2
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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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