Events occurring on Sunday, March 22, 1942  
  The Japanese 1941-42 Burma Campaign  
  Allied forces abandoned the airfield at Magwe in Burma, just over 100 miles east of Akyab. The capture of the airfield allowed the Japanese to fly tactical air operations as far as Mandalay.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The unescorted and unarmed American steam tanker Muskogee was torpedoed and sunk by the U-123, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Reinhard Hardegen, about 450 miles southeast of Bermuda in the western Atlantic Ocean. All of the ship’s complement of 34 died. The 7,034 ton Muskogee was carrying heavy crude oil and was headed for Halifax, Canada.  
  The unescorted British motor merchant Thursobank was torpedoed and sunk by the U-373, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Paul-Karl Loeser, east of Chesapeake Bay in the western Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 30 died and 26 survivors were picked up by the Norwegian motor tanker Havsten. The 5,575 ton Thursobank was carrying general cargo and was headed for Alexandria, Egypt.  
  Dispersed from Convoy ON-75, the British motor tanker Athelviscount was torpedoed and damaged by the U-202, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Hans-Heinz Linder, approximately 600 miles east-southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 4 died and 52 survived. The 8,882 ton Athelviscount was carrying ballast and was bound for Port Everglades, Florida.  
  India in WW2  
  The British Government sent Sir Stafford Cripps to India who disclosed the British constitutional proposals for the status of post-war India. The important points were that general elections in the provinces would be arranged as soon as the war ended, a new Indian dominion, associated with the United Kingdom would be created, those provinces not joining the dominion could form their own separate union, and minorities were to be protected. The proposals were the result of pressure put on Winston Churchill by the Labour Party, and also because Indian troops were being so heavily committed as combatants on behalf of the British. Both the Congress and the Muslim League rejected these proposals. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, leader of the All-India Muslim League, opposed the plan, as it did not concede Pakistan.  
  The Nisei - Japanese Americans in WW2  
  The first large contingent of Japanese and Japanese-Americans from Los Angeles arrived at the Manzanar temporary detention center operated by the U.S. Army in the Owens Valley of California.  
  March 1942 Calendar  
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