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Today in World War II History—Apr. 2, 1942

Aft flight deck of carrier USS Hornet en route to the Doolittle Raid, April 1942; destroyer USS Gwin and cruiser USS Nashville in background (US Naval History & Heritage Command)

Aft flight deck of carrier USS Hornet en route to the Doolittle Raid, April 1942; destroyer USS Gwin and cruiser USS Nashville in background (US Naval History & Heritage Command)

75 Years Ago—Apr. 2, 1942: In Burma, Japanese take Prome and Akyab, securing Arakan Peninsula.

Carrier USS Hornet departs Alameda, CA for Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, along with cruisers Nashville and Vincennes, and destroyers Grayson, Gwin, Meredith, and Monssen.

In US, tin tubes for toothpaste & shaving cream must be turned in to buy new tube; restrictions placed on use of tin in consumer packaging. (See: Make It Do – Metal Shortages in World War II)US poster, WWII