24 Apr 1942
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Davao, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Jews were prohibited from using public transportation in Germany; exception was made for Jewish forced laborers whose workplace is more than 7 kilometers from their homes, but seats were still off limits to them. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Luftwaffe aircraft conducted a raid on Exeter, England. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • American troops landed in French New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • At Delhi, India, Orde Wingate noted his preference of a proactive long range penetration strategy for his irregular troops. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Aleksandr Vasilevsky was named the acting Chief of Staff as his superior Boris Shaposhnikov had fallen ill. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-136 sank British ship Empire Drum 280 miles southeast of New York, United States at 2348 hours; all 41 aboard survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS S-44 departed Brisbane, Australia for her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Zero fighters of the Japanese Navy Tainan Air Group (based in Rabaul, New Britain) attacked Seven Mile airfield near Port Moresby, Australian Papua, shooting down 3 Kittyhawk fighters in combat and destroying 1 PBY Catalina and 2 B-26 Marauder aircraft on the ground. Later in the day, four B-17E Flying Fortress bombers of US 30th Bomb Squadron arrived at Seven Mile in preparation for a raid on Rabaul, New Britain on the next day. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese 18th Infantry Division captured Yamethin, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 91 British bombers attacked Rostock, Germany for the second night in a row, causing damage in the town, but the aircraft attacking the nearby Heinkel aircraft factory again failed to do much damage. One Hampden bomber was lost during this attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team based in Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii had intercepted Japanese Navy radio messages mentioning the existence of task forces bearing names such as MO Covering Force, MO Attack Force, RZP Occupation Force, RXB Occupation Force, etc. Rochefort would quickly arrive at the hypothesis that these task forces were organized for an attack in the Port Moresby, Australian Papua region. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS S-35 approached Paramushiro, Hokkaido, Japan in the Kurile Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille returned to his unit at Martuba, Libya after a period of home leave. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 12 British RAF DB-7 Boston bombers attacked Vlissingen, the Netherlands, damaging docks without any losses. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Squadron Leader John Dering Nettleton of No. 44 (Rhodesia) Squadron RAF was gazetted for the Victoria Cross award for leading a bombing run on German factories in Augsburg, Germany on 17 Apr 1942. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Apr 1942
Front page of the Tribune newspaper of Manila, Philippines with headline of the fall of Bataan, 24 Apr 1942

24 Apr 1942 Interactive Map

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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