April 9, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
THURSDAY, 9 APRIL 1942
U.S. Army: At Limay, Major General Edward P. King unconditionally surrenders his forces on Bataan. This was the largest surrender of a U.S. military force in history. The voice of Freedom radio
station makes its last broadcast in the Philippines, saying, "Bataan has
fallen, but the spirit that made it stand... cannot fail."
Japanese Army: On Bataan, the Japanese accept the surrender of Allied forces and artillery
emplaced on Bataan opens fire on Corregidor in conjunction with air attacks.
Australia: 2nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 22nd Bombardment Group (Medium),
transfers from Townsville to Reid River with B-26's; first mission was yesterday. 7th Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor),
49th Pursuit Group (Interceptor), transfers from Bankstown to Batchelor Field, Australia with P-40's; they
have been in combat since 14 Mar.
IJN: Japanese carrier aircraft strike Trincomalee and sink British warships and vessels off on Ceylon (Sri Lanka). D3A Val dive bombers sink HMS Hermes (95) and HMAS Vampire, RFA Athelstone, corvette Hollyhock, oil tanker SS British Sergeant and Norwegian SS Norviken. Lost are four D3A Vals plus five others damaged. After recovering the carrier aircraft, Nagumo's force departs eastward for Singapore Strait.
RAF: Intercepting the Japanese air raid, lost are two Fulmars shot down.