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17th April 1942

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made daylight raid on Augsburg, near Munich. More intensive sweeps carried out over North France. Night raids on Hamburg, St. Nazaire and Le Havre.

In Burma, On the Irrawaddy front the Japanese out the road north and south of Pin Chaung, near Yenangyaung. The Chinese 38th Division and part of the 17th Indian Division are rushed to the area of Magwe to relieve enemy pressure on the 1st Burma Division, which is still cut off, but they are unsuccessful. On the Sittang front, following the reverses suffered by the I Burma Corps, General stilwell's Chinese forces have to give up the defence of Pyinmana. The Japanese maintain pressure on the Chinese 55th Division in the Bawlake, Mauchi area.

Admiral William D. Leahy, United States ambassador in Vichy France, is called home for consultations.

R184 R-boat
Launched 17 April 1942

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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