Events occurring on Tuesday, April 28, 1942  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  U.S. Navy Task Force 99, under command of Rear Admiral Robert C. Giffen, consisting of the battleship USS Washington (BB 56), heavy cruisers USS Wichita (CA 45) and USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) and four destroyers set sail from Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands as part of a mixed U.S.-British force (Force “Distaff”). British fleet units included the battleship HMS King George V (41), aircraft carrier HMS Victorious (38), light cruiser HMS Kenya (14), and fiver destroyers. The force steamed to waters northeast of Iceland to provide cover for Convoy PQ 15 bound for the Soviet Union.  
  U.S. district patrol craft YP-77 was sunk in a collision off the Atlantic Coast.  
  The unescorted steam merchant Arundo was torpedoed and sunk by the U-136, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Heinrich Zimmermann, about 15 miles south of the Ambrose Lightship, the marker for Ambrose Channel, the main shipping channel for New York Harbor. Of the ship’s complement, 6 died and 37 survivors were picked up by the destroyer USS Lea (DD-118). The 5,163 ton Arundo was carrying government cargo, including nitrate, jeeps, trucks, 5000 crates of Canadian beer, and two locomotives as deck cargo and was headed for Alexandria, Egypt.  
  A nightly "dim-out" or "black-out" went into effect along a fifteen-mile strip of the Atlantic coast around New York to counter German submarine activity in the area. Lights were allowed to be used at the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field for only one hour around sunset. The New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers decided to replace night games originally scheduled with “twilight” games.  
  The Doolittle Air Raid on Japan  
  Japanese Premier Tojo Hideki called a conference in Tokyo to discuss what should be done to the captured flyers who participated in the Doolittle Raid on April 18. General Sugiyama Hajime, chief of the Imperial General Staff, expressing the wishes of Emperor Hirohito, argued that the flyers should be executed as a deterrent. Tojo argued that executions would endanger interred Japanese abroad. Sugiyama would win the debateLearn more about the Doolittle Raid …  
  Events in the Western United States  
  A Gallup Poll indicated that people preferred the term “World War II” for the ongoing global war. During the war, many Americans also called the conflict "The War in Europe," or simply "The War." Noting that the term "World War II" had been used in at least seven public laws to designate this period of hostilities, and that analysis of publications and radio programs indicates that this term had been accepted by common usage, President Truman officially named the war in September 1945.  
  The Nisei - Japanese Americans in WW2  
  The first Japanese-American internees from Seattle and Alaska arrived at the Puyallup Assembly Center at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in the city of Puyallup, 35 miles south of Seattle. The internees would call the facility "Camp Harmony".  
  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 Canadian corvette HMCS La Malbaie (K 273) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Ian W. McTavish.  
  April 1942 Calendar  
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