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20th April 1942

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Events On This Day

In the Mediterranean, Heavy air attack on Malta. 11 raiders destroyed.

In Burma, Chinese troops recaptured oil town of Yenangyaung. The Chinese 38th Division retires from Yenangyaung towards Gwegyo, to the north, covering units of the 1st Burma Division escaping from the threat of enemy encirclement. Part of the Chinese 5th Army in the Sittang valley retires northwards from Pyinmana, while the Japanese are still very active in the Loikaw-Loilem area.

In the Philippines, Corregidor and other fortresses in Manila bay heavily attacked. The Japanese proceed with their capture of Panay Island and are now virtual masters of the central Philippines, the small garrisons on Negros, Samar, Leyte and Bohol are in no position to check them.

In Malta, 46 Spitfire fighters take off for the besieged island from the United States aircraft carrier Wasp a vital reinforcement for the defenders of the island, whose whole hope of survival rests on this aid.

Vichy announced execution at Rouen by Germans of 30 hostages.

Laval makes a broadcast to the French people. The policy of understanding and true reconciliation with Germany must be loyally carried out.

Fifth Air Force. General Brett assumes command of Allied Air Force, which has units based in Northern and eastern Australia, with advanced facilities in the Port Moresby area.

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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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