19 Apr 1942
  • USS Gar began her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Edinburgh arrived at Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • ShCh-401 pursued a German convoy with torpedoes off Tanafjord, Norway, targeting tanker Forbach; the submarine was driven off by German mineseepers M 154 and M 251 before the attack was made. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-136 sank US freighter Steel Maker 200 kilometers southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States, killing 1 of 45 aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-130 attempted to bombard oil storage tanks near Willemstad on the island of Curaçao but was driven away by coastal defense guns before any damage was done. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Slim, Wavell, and Alexander met to start discussing plans for a major retreat of Allied personnel out of Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • James Johnson shot down a German Fw 190 fighter. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US and Filipino prisoners of war were loaded onto cramped freight trains from San Fernando to Camp O'Donnell at Capas, Tarlac, Philippine Islands; many died en route. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Umbra sank Italian ship Assunta de Gregori off Sfax, Tunisia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Off Palestine, German submarine U-81 sank a sailing vessel by gunfire at 1651 hours and sank sailing vessel Hefz el Rahman by ramming at 2200 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The 113th Regiment of the Chinese 38th Division under General Sun Liren captured Twingon, Burma then repulsed a Japanese counterattack that saw heavy casualties on both sides. To the east, Japanese 55th Infantry Division captured Pyinmana. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chiang Kaishek, Song Meiling, and Joseph Stilwell met at Maymyo, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • General Mikhail Grigoryevich Yefremov committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a pistol as his Soviet 33rd Army was on the brink of total destruction at Vyazma, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The 7 surviving ships of Allied convoy PQ-14 arrived at Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Less Carrier Division 5, which detached with screen to head for New Guinea for Operation MO, Akagi and the Striking Force departed Mako in high speed attempted pursuit of the carriers that had launched the Doolittle Raiders which had just struck the Tokyo Bay area on the previous day. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Shokaku departed Mako, Pescadores Islands to participate in Operation MO in the Coral Sea commencing 20 Apr 1942. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • German Luftwaffe group III./KG 27 returned to Kherson, Ukraine after operating against the Soviet salient at Izium in northeastern Ukraine. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States
  • James Doolittle was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the US Army. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Apr 1942
Doolittle raider Robert Hite in Japanese captivity, Japan, Apr 1942Chiang Kaishek and Joseph Stilwell at Maymyo, Burma, 19 Apr 1942Cleaning up after Doolittle Raid, Nagoya, Japan, Apr 1942US incendiary bombs dropped by Doolittle Raiders that failed to explode, Nagoya, Japan, Apr 1942
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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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