Events occurring on Monday, April 15, 1940  
  The Allied Response in Norway to Operation Weserübung  
  The British 146th Territorial Brigade began arriving at Namsos, north of Trondheim under the command of General Carton de Wiart. General de Wiart’s Short Sunderland flying boat was attacked by a German fighter and his aide wounded. de Wiart immediately ordered the 146th to advance south towards Trondheim.  
  U.S. & Japanese Relations Before Pearl Harbor  
  At an official press conference Japanese Foreign Minister Arita Hachiro declared that all of Southeast Asia was "economically bound [to Japan] by an intimate relationship of mutuality in ministering to one another's needs." Should the European war extend to the Indies, he continued, the peace and stability of the South Seas, a region of vital importance to Japan, would be threatened. "In view of these considerations," he concluded, "the Japanese Government cannot but be deeply concerned over any development accompanying an aggravation of the war in Europe that may affect the status quo of the Netherlands East Indies."  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The U-49, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Kurt von Gossler, was sunk near Narvik, Norway by depth charges from the destroyers HMS Fearless (H 67) and HMS Brazen (H 80). Of the ship’s complement, 1 died and 41 survived. During its career under Kapitänleutnant von Gossler the U-49 sank 1 merchant ship for a total of 4,258 tons.  
  The United States Navy  
  The Naval Reserve affairs pertaining to the administration of naval districts were transferred to the Naval Reserve Policy Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, to prepare for expansion.  
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The destroyer USS Wainwright (DD 419) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Thomas L. Lewis.  
  April 1940 Calendar  
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