25 Apr 1942
  • USS Hornet arrived at Pearl Harbor after conducting the Doolittle Raid. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Enterprise arrived at Pearl Harbor after conducting the Doolittle Raid. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze arrived at Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Davao, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Spearfish sank Japanese freighter Toba Maru near the mouth of the Lingayen Gulf in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-108 sank British ship Modesta 110 miles northwest of Bermuda at 0831 hours; 18 were killed, 23 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 27 Japanese bombers, escorted by 15 fighters, attacked the airfield near Darwin, Australia; fighters of the US 49th Pursuit Group, flying P-40 Warhawk fighters, shot down 10 bombers and 2 fighters without any losses. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian Papua
  • Four B-17E Flying Fortress bombers of US 30th Bomb Squadron were launched from Seven Mile airfield near Port Moresby, Australian Papua at 0300 hours to attack Rabaul, New Britain; one of them would ran off the runway in the darkness and became stuck in thick mud, while another crashed into Mount Obree. At 0800 hours, Zero fighters attacked Seven Mile and destroyed the stuck bomber. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Alexander, Slim, and Stilwell met at Kyaukse, Burma, 25 miles south of Mandalay. It was decided that all Allied troops were to be pulled out of Burma, but Slim demanded that no British nor Indian units would be withdrawn to China even if the Chinese border was closer to that of India's. Meanwhile, Japanese and Chinese troops clashed at Loilem, central Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands China
  • Troops of the Japanese 22nd Infantry Division began to conduct a search in Zhejiang and Jiangxi Provinces on the Chinese coast, burning down and massacring entire villages suspected of assisting the Doolittle Raiders. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 110 British bombers attacked Rostock, Germany for the third night in a row, causing damage in the town and the nearby Heinkel aircraft factory. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Karl von Le Suire was awarded the German Cross in Gold. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Various Italian naval units began departing Italy by road to Vienna, Austria for the ultimate destination the Black Sea via the Danube River. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Libya
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down two fighters north of Ain el Gazala, Libya, first piloted by Squadron Leader Osgood Hanbury (his 53rd kill) and the second piloted by Sergeant Wareham (his 54th kill). ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The final US-Filipino stronghold on the island of Luzon in the Philippine Islands, Corregidor, while already under daily bombardment for the past two weeks, began to be subjected to night-time bombardment as well. At 2200 hours, two 240-millimeter shells hit the opening of a tunnel leading into the underground command center, killing 15. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • The large group of Polish artists and actors arrested in Krakow, Poland were put on a transport for Auschwitz Concentration Camp. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Luftwaffe aircraft conducted a raid on Bath, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Photo(s) dated 25 Apr 1942
A wounded Doolittle raider lying in a cot, surrounded by John Hilger and Chinese military presonnel, China, Apr 1942F2A-3 Buffalo fighter possibly of USMC squadron VMF-212 being serviced in a camouflaged revetment, Marine Corps Air Station Ewa, US Territory of Hawaii, 25 Apr 1942A crowd of onlookers on the first day of evacuation of Japanese residents of San Francisco, California, United States, who themselves would be sent to internment camps within three days, 25 Apr 1942Japanese-Americans outside a Civil Control Station at the Japanese American Citizens League Auditorium, San Francisco, California, United States, 25 Apr 1942

25 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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