Eastern Front – Demiansk Airlift: force of Ju 52s (increasing from 40 in February to 300 in May) maintains trapped German 16th Army in Demiansk ‘Cauldron’, north of Smolensk, losing 262 aircraft.
Pacific: F4F Wildcat fighter flown by Lt ‘Butch’ O’Hare, of USS Lexington, shoots down 5 Mitsubishi G4M Betty bombers in ten minutes near Gilbert Islands.
German frostbite casualties now total 112,627, including 14,357 requiring amputation.
Vichy France: THE RIOM WAR GUILT TRIAL. Vichy French Supreme Court, sitting at Riom, near Clermont-Ferrand, examines ex-Prime Ministers Daladier and Blum, General Gamelin and others on charges of being ‘responsible for the defeat of France’. Accused later deported to Germany and Court dissolved, June 13, 1942.