Events occurring on Monday, April 22, 1940  
  The Allied Response in Norway to Operation Weserübung  
  With the British 146th Territorial Brigade in risk of becoming encircled at Vist by German landings on his flank , General Carton de Wiart ordered a fighting withdrawal to Namsos.  
  The aircraft carrier HMS Glorious (77) set sail from Scapa Flow, carrying eighteen Gloster Gladiators of No. 263 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. The squadron subsequently flew from the deck of the aircraft carrier on April 24, landing on the frozen surface of Lake Lesjaskogin in Norway. The squadron had been dispatched to support Allied ground forces around Namsos and Andalsnes in Norway, with further assistance provided by aircraft from the HMS Glorious and the carrier HMS Ark Royal (91). No.263 Squadron ceased operations on April 26 after running out of fuel and serviceable aircraft. During the two days the squadron was operational it made 37 interceptions of Luftwaffe aircraft and claimed six aircraft shot down and a number of others damaged.  
  U.S. & Japanese Relations Before Pearl Harbor  
  Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig, commandant of the Fifth Naval District at Norfolk, Virginia testified before a joint House-Senate committee on Pacific fortifications and predicted that events in the Far East would bring war with Japan. The U.S. Navy repudiated his remarks and issued an official reprimand. The reprimand was rescinded by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt on December 8, 1941.  
  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 corvette HMS Clarkia (K 88) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Frederick J. G. Jones.  
  April 1940 Calendar  
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