Today in World War II History—April 2, 1942
80 Years Ago—Apr. 2, 1942: In Burma, Japanese take Prome and Akyab, securing the Arakan Peninsula.
Carrier USS Hornet departs Alameda, CA, for the 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 a new tube; restrictions are placed on use of tin in consumer packaging. (See: Make It Do – Metal Shortages in World War II)