Friday 2 January 1942
|Japanese troops enter Manila in the Philippines on 2 January 1942.|
|Japanese troops celebrate their capture of Manila, the Philippines, 2 January 1942.|
Manila, Cavite lost; MacArthur fights on, holding Corregidor.However, wars are not won by losing cities and holding tiny islands.
|An Italian POW, still wearing his Afrika Korps cap, arrives in London on 2 January 1942 (AP Photo).|
|USS President Hayes (AP-39), shortly after launching at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, on 2 January 1942 (Photo No. 19-N-26565. Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM).|
|The Seattle Star on 2 January 1942 reports on "Alien Restrictions Tightened" as restrictions on foreign nationals from Axis countries increase.|
On Malta, a Bomb Disposal Officer reports finding a unique bomb with tail fins made of a blue alloy. There are other odd aspects to this weapon and how it is found. The officer reports it as a "seemingly rocket-propelled" type of bomb. If so, it is the first use of such a weapon. The trail grows cold here and it is unclear how this turns out.
|"Pilots and Hurricanes of No 56 'Punjab' Squadron at Duxford, 2 January 1942. The official caption reads: 'Fighter aircraft donated by the Province of the Punjab have been in action and have scored numerous victories over the Hun'." © IWM (CH 4547).|
US Military: US Army Air Force Eighth Air Force is activated on 2 January 1942 at Savannah Air Base, Georgia.
German Homefront: Heinrich Himmler writes to Reinhard Heydrich asking him to suppress the Swing Kids (Swingjugend). The Swing movement of Hamburg, Himmler complains, is detrimental to the war effort. Himmler suggests that some time in concentration camps might improve the Swing Kids' attitudes.
|Image from "Dr. Seuss Went to War" (Mandeville Special Collections Library, UC San Diego).|