Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Yamamoto Killed By Awakened Giant

SUN 18 APR 1943
Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku, Commander in Chief Japanese Combined Fleet, is killed when the land attack plane (BETTY) in which he is travelling is shot down by USAAF P-38s off Bougainville. Interception of Yamamoto, brought about through signals intelligence, eliminates one of the Imperial Japanese Navy's more charismatic leaders.

Submarine Drum (SS-228) sinks Japanese ammunition ship Nisshun Maru about 200 miles north-northwest of Mussau Island, Bismarck Archipelago, 01°55'N, 148°24'E. Submarine chaser Ch.18 rescues survivors, who include a number of Army prostitutes among them.

Spanish merchantman Cabo Huertas rescues 11 survivors from U.S. freighter James W. Denver, sunk by German submarine U-195 in the North Atlantic on 11 April (see 24 April, and 4, 6 and 16 May).

Open lighter YC-891 founders while in tow of harbor tug Mauvila (YT-328) off Key West, Florida.

German planes bomb Allied shipping at Murmansk, USSR, damaging U.S. freighter Thomas Hartley.
C.B.S., day before yesterday.
Yamamoto Shot Down (footage from both sides)

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