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Today in World War II History—January 4, 1942

Japanese fleet at Truk, preparing for the invasion of Rabaul, photographed by an RAAF Hudson, 9 January 1942 (Royal Australian Air Force photo)

Japanese fleet at Truk, preparing for the invasion of Rabaul, photographed by an RAAF Hudson, 9 January 1942 (Royal Australian Air Force photo)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 4, 1942: Japanese begin pre-invasion air raids on the major British naval and air base of Rabaul in the Bismarcks in the South Pacific.

In Hong Kong, Japanese order non-Chinese enemy nationals to report to Murray Parade Grounds; 2800 civilians will be interned on the grounds of Stanley Prison, and 121 will die during internment.

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