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News for this April 23rd in 1942 was truly about a World consumed by war. From Russia came word that one of the B-25 bombers involved in the raid over Tokyo had been force-landed near Siberia and was being held by the Soviets (Russia hadn’t declared war on Japan yet, so . . .). News of near-hysteria on the East Coast of the U.S. over reports of gas rationing to the tune of 5 gallons maximum per week proved to be a false alarm, at least for now and a moratorium on new telephones or lines being installed. From India came word of increased fears over a pending Japanese invasion and fierce fighting taking place in Burma, thought to be the next big battle-front in the war. A stalemate of sorts on the Eastern Front, with Russian and German forces trading gains and losses.
And news, which was taking place while this newscast was on, of a British commando raid underway on the French town of Boulogne.
All this and much more for this day in World War Two as presented by Alka-Seltzer’s News Of The World, for April 23, 1942.
- Eastern Front in Color Photos, 1942 (vintag.es)
- World War II Rationing on the U.S. Homefront (warhistoryonline.com)
- Last surviving members of WWII’s Doolittle Raiders to hold 71st and final reunion in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (sacbee.com)
- Doolittle Raider, WWII vet dies in Ohio at 96 (thestate.com)