Skip to comments.JAPANESE EXECUTE OUR AIRMEN; U.S. WILL PUNISH ALL RESPONSIBLE (4/22/43)
Posted on 04/22/2013 4:59:46 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
Different world today.
In return for murdering 3000+ Americans in the 911
Atrocities, the US CONGRESS made Islam free of
Death Panels and ObamaCARE.
Allies attacking in Tunisia
Thursday, April 22, 1943 www.onwar.com
Vulnerable German transports bring supplies to Tunisia [photo at link].
In Tunisia... A series of Allied attacks are launched against the Axis positions in the hills. The US 2nd Corps (now commanded by General Bradley) attacks Hill 609 in “Mousetrap Valley,” with the objective of advancing to Mateur. The British 5th Corps attacks “Longstop” and “Peter’s Corner” and the British 9th Corps attacks between Boubellat and Bou Arada. Montgomery has been ordered to cease his attacks along the coast. Meanwhile, another Axis air supply effort results in 30 transports being shot down.
April 22nd, 1943 (THURSDAY)
UNITED KINGDOM: Frigates HMS Aire, Betony, Capel and Cooke launched.
Minesweeper HMS Rattler commissioned.
Destroyers HMS Ulysses and Verulam launched.
Minesweeping trawlers HMS Wallasea and Farne launched.
ASW trawler HMS Pollock launched.
Salvage vessels HMS Sea Salvor and Dispenser launched.
Submarine HMS Shalimar launched.
Minesweeper HMS Waterwitch launched.
NORTH SEA: ASW trawler HMS Herring sank after a collision. (Dave Shirlaw)
U-430, U-765, U-1061 launched.
U-974 commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
ITALY: Northwest African Air Force B-26 Marauders bomb the harbour at Carloforte on San Pietro Island. (Jack McKillop)
NORTH AFRICA: The US II Corps, under General Bradley, attack Hill 609 in “Mousetrap Valley” on the way to Mateur.
TUNISIA: Allied forces make a series of attacks on Longstop Hill and “Peter’s Corner.”
Slowly but remorselessly, the Allies are advancing on all fronts in Tunisia, driving the Axis into a corner from which escape must be almost impossible. No armies have fought a more savage defensive battle than the poorly-supplied and numerically weaker Axis forces. Their counter-attacks are fierce but always costly in men and tanks. The American 1st Infantry Division is excelling in mountain warfare in the peaks between the Dhjoumine and Tine rivers. Their colleagues of the British 78th Division are locked in brutal combat for a hill called Longstop. The British 6th Armoured Division is fighting an expensive battle - in terms of losses on both sides - with the 10th Panzer Division at Sebkret el Kourzia.
The British V and IX Corps attack between Goubellat and Bou Arada and the German air re-supply effort is mauled with 30 aircraft shot down.
Lieutenant General Leslie J. McNair of the US Army, is wounded while observing the operations of the 1st Infantry Division (US Army) from an Observation Post. A shell fragment lodges in his skull and another cuts an artery. (William Jay Stone)
Ninth Air Force P-40s fly fighter sweeps over the battle area along the Gulf of Hammamet. Northwest African Air Force B-26s bomb 2 landing grounds near Protville while fighters and A-20s fly sweeps, reconnaissance, and patrols and attack positions at Djebel el Ahmera (Longstop Ridge), Sidi Nsir, Djebel el Ajred (Bald Hill), and other points as the British First Army’s 5 Corps launches the start of the final phase of the assault on Tunis and Bizerte, attacking on a front north and south of Medjez el Bab. (Jack McKillop)
BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO: Individual Fifth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortresses bomb and strafe Ubili on New Britain Island. (Jack McKillop)
NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES: The submarine USS Grenadier (SS-210) is scuttled off Penang, Malaya, after having been damaged by Japanese aircraft of the 936th Kokutai yesterday. The sub was running on the surface at dawn when it was spotted by the aircraft.
As the sub crash dived, her skipper, Commander John A. Fitzgerald commented “we ought to be safe now, as we are between 120 and 130 feet (36,6 and 39,6 meters).” Just then, bombs rocked Grenadier and heeled her over 15 to 20 degrees. Power and lights failed completely and the fatally wounded ship settled to the bottom at 267 feet (81,4 meters). She tried to make repairs while a fierce fire blazed in the manoeuvring room.
After 13 hours of sweating it out on the bottom Grenadier managed to surface after dark to clear the boat of smoke and inspect damage. The damage to her propulsion system was irreparable.
Attempting to bring his ship close to shore so that the crew could scuttle her and escape into the jungle, Commander Fitzgerald even tried to jury-rig a sail. But the long night’s work proved futile.
As dawn broke, 22 April, Grenadier’s weary crew sighted two Japanese ships heading for them. As the skipper “didn’t think it advisable to make a stationary dive in 280 feet (81.5 meters) of water without power,” the crew began burning confidential documents prior to abandoning ship. A Japanese plane attacked the stricken submarine; but Grenadier, though dead in the water and to all appearances helpless, hit the plane with machine gun fire on its second pass. As the damaged plane veered off, its torpedo landed about 200 yards (182,9 meters) from the boat and exploded. Reluctantly opening all vents, Grenadier’s crew abandoned ship and watched her sink to her final resting place.
A Japanese merchantman picked up 8 officers and 68 enlisted men and took them to Penang, Malay States, where they were questioned, beaten, and starved before being sent to other prison camps. They were then separated and transferred from camp to camp along the Malay Peninsula and finally to Japan.
Throughout the war they suffered brutal, inhuman treatment, and their refusal to reveal military information both frustrated and angered their captors. First word that any had survived Grenadier reached Australia 27 November 1943. Despite the brutal and sadistic treatment, all but four of Grenadier’s crew survived their 2 years in Japanese hands. (Jack McKillop)
JAPAN: Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo announces that American fliers captured while bombing Japan will be given “one-way tickets to hell.” (Jack McKillop)
NEW GUINEA: Fifth Air Force A-20 Havocs and B-25 Mitchells bomb the Lababia-Duali area on Nassau Bay while individual B-17s bomb the Dobo and Nubia area. (Jack McKillop)
PACIFIC OCEAN: The submarine USS Stingray (SS-186) mines waters off Wenchow, China, while the Dutch submarine HMNLS O 21, despite presence of an escort vessel, sinks a Japanese army cargo ship in Malacca Straits. (Jack McKillop)
CANADA: Corvette HMCS Ville de Quebec returned to Halifax from UK with Convoy ONS-2 and Operation Torch. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: A Catalina aircraft attacked U-231 with 2 bombs and machine guns. The boat wasnt damaged, but one man was lost overboard. [Obersteuermann Walter Krause].
Destroyer escorts USS Lake, Lyman and Tatum laid down.
Destroyer escort USS Fechteler launched.
Destroyer USS Laws launched. (Dave Shirlaw)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: At 0154, the Amerika, a straggler from convoy HX-234, was torpedoed and sunk by U-306 south of Cape Farewell. 42 crewmembers, seven gunners and 37 passengers (RCAF personnel) were lost. The master, 29 crewmembers, eight gunners and 16 passengers were picked up by HMS Asphodel and landed at Greenock. The master, Christian Nielsen was awarded the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea.
U-571 had to return to base because the commander was badly injured in an accident on the conning tower.
During heavy weather a lookout on U-610 broke his arm.
Of course, after the war, nobody in Japan was prosecuted for these war crimes.
Actually they were, but only given 5-year sentences if I recall correctly. Woefully inadequate.
Japan’s punishment after the war was billions in rebuilding dollars and free access to trade with the US.
I don’t know if the estimate was accurate or confirmed, but at one point Chiang Kai-Shek wrote to FDR saying that after the Doolittle Raiders were sheltered in China, the Japanese swept through in their wake and killed a quarter of a million Chinese. Entire villages were razed when single people were found with Raider uniform patches or even American dimes.
Carroll V. Glines, The Doolittle Raid
The Chinese paid a heavy price for our propaganda victory.