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21st April 1942

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Events On This Day

Mr. Curtin announced the loss of HMAS Vampire which was sunk by Japanese aircraft bombs east of Ceylon while escorting HMS Hermes on 9 April 1942.

In the Mediterranean, Axis aircraft hammer the island ceaselessly and destroy or damage almost all the newly arrived Spitfire reinforcements on the ground. It now looks as if there is nothing more that Malta can do. Axis forces can now land at will. There is actually a plan for the capture of the island, known as Operation C 3. The Italian Admiral Vittorio Tur has been nominated to carry it out, and the Luftwaffe General Kurt Student is to throw in his parachutists (it was Student who led the capture of Crete). Mussolini is eager to occupy the Maltese islands but Adolf Hitler refuses to give the go-ahead.

In Burma, Battles at Pyinmana and Bawlake.

In the Philippines, Japanese made new landings on Panay Island.

In Australasia, Allied bombers attacked Rabaul. Port Moresby raided by laps.

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