28 Apr 1942
  • HMS Edinburgh departed Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Coast Watchers reported that a Japanese flying boat base was being built in the upper Solomon Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Erwin Rommel received the Colonial Order of the Star of Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy PQ-15, which had departed Iceland two days prior, was joined by British battleship HMS King George V, American battleship USS Washington, British aircraft carrier HMS Victorious, 5 cruisers, 12 destroyers, and 4 submarines for its journey toward Murmansk, Russia; the convoy was spotted by German aircraft 200 miles northwest of Tromsų, Norway. On the same day, returning convoy QP-11 departed Kola Inlet in northern Russia; it was consisted of 13 merchant ships and was escorted by 6 destroyers, 4 corvettes, 1 trawler, and 4 minesweepers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-136 sank Dutch ship Arundo 30 miles southeast of New York, New York, United States at 1535 hours; 6 were killed, 37 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Italian submarine Corallo sank Tunisian fishing boats Dar El Salam and Tunis with the deck gun off Cape Bon, Tunisia after taking off the crews. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS S-35 sailed west from Dutch Harbor, US Territory of Alaska in response to a reported Japanese invasion fleet in the western Aleutian Islands, starting her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • At 1100 hours, Coast Watchers reported incoming Japanese aircraft flying south from the Lae, New Guinea area. Shortly after, 8 Japanese Type 1 bombers and 11 Zero fighters attacked Port Moresby, Australian Papua. In the ensuing combat, two of the Kittyhawk fighters attempted to engage in dogfights with Zero fighters at a high altitude, which caused their engines to stall, leading to the two fighters' crash. After the attack, Port Moresby personnel discovered one of the Japanese bombers had delivered a bag containing 395 letters written by prisoners of war kept in Rabaul, New Britain; actually two khaki bags of mail were dropped, but one of them fell in the water. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Troops of the Chinese 28th Division arrived at Lashio in northern Burma. To the west, the Indian 17th Division crossed the Irrawaddy River at Sameikkon, Burma on its retreat toward India; Chinese 38th Division and British 7th Armoured Brigade formed a line between Sagaing and Ondaw to guard the retreat. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The German Reichstag passed the legislation marking Adolf Hitler as the "Supreme Judge of the German People," formalizing his status above the law. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • 88 British bombers (62 Wellington, 15 Stirling, 10 Hampden, 1 Halifax) attacked Kiel, Germany, destroying all three main shipyard facilities and killing 15; 6 bombers were destroyed in his mission. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Naval General Staff's technology sub-committee reviewed the preliminary proposal of a underwater aircraft carrier. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Axis aircraft attacked Malta, sinking British tug HMS West Dean. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 21 British Halifax and 12 Lancaster bombers attacked German battleship Tirpitz at Trondheim, Norway; two Halifax bombers were destroyed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Singapore Taiwan United Kingdom
  • The historic Guildhall in York, England, United Kingdom was destroyed by fire started by a German air raid on the city. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
United States
  • The keel of submarine Dragonet was laid down by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Apr 1942
Japanese-American Toshi Mizoguchi waiting at a Wartime Civil Control Administration station to register for evacuation, Byron, California, United States, 28 Apr 1942Rommel receiving the title of the Grand Officer of the Colonial Order of the Star of Italy, North Africa, 28 Apr 1942, photo 1 of 3Rommel receiving the title of the Grand Officer of the Colonial Order of the Star of Italy, North Africa, 28 Apr 1942, photo 2 of 3Rommel receiving the title of the Grand Officer of the Colonial Order of the Star of Italy, North Africa, 28 Apr 1942, photo 3 of 3
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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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