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7th April 1942

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The British Admiralty announced loss of destroyer HMS Havock on 6 April 1942 which was grounded off Kelibia, Tunisia while on passage from Malta to Gibraltar and scuttled by her crew. Later HMS Havock is also hit by a torpedo from the Italian submarine Aradam.

The British Admiralty also announced loss of submarine HMS Tempest by the Italian torpedo boat Circe on 13 February 1942.

In the Mediterranean, Another fierce raid on Malta. At least nine raiders destroyed.

In Burma, British destroyed oil and cement installations in retirement north of Prome.

In the Philippines, Heavy casualties on both sides in the Bataan Peninsula.

In Australasia, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) attack on Lae, in New Guinea.

It was reported from Norway that all Norwegian clergymen had resigned en masse.

War Department (WD) officially states that Eighth Air Force will be established in United Kingdom as intermediate command between United States of America fighter-bomber I and the air force commands. General Marshall notifies General Chaney of this decision.

Fifth Air Force. During 6-7 April 1942 the Japanese break the Philippine II Corps front on Bataan, thus necessitating immediate removal of all remaining fighters to Mindanao, where for the next 3 days they will fly reconnaissance, cover heavy bombers (sent to Mindanao from Australia) operating against concentrations at Legaspi, Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao, and carry out a strafing attack against aircraft at Davao. After the heavy bombers return to Australia on 12 April 1942, the fighters will continue to fly reconnaissance until Japanese forces envelop the troops on Mindanao on 1 May 1942.

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