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17 Feb 1942
  • Albacore was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Triton sank Japanese freighter Shinyo Maru No. 5 and damaged another ship off Kyushu island, Japan. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • "Seabees" of the US Navy First Naval Construction Battalion arrived at Bora Bora, Society Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Dutch Marines attempted to disarm an unexploded torpedo at Aruba, launched by German submarine U-156 during the prior day's attack. The torpedo detonated unexpectedly, killing 4. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A detachment of the submarine tender USS Canopus, sailors from the Cavite Naval Ammunition Depot, and the majority of the general duty men in the area were transferred to the 4th Marine Regiment based on Corregidor, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-136 sank British transport Empire Comet 250 miles south of Iceland at 2217 hours, killing all 46 aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Paul von Kleist was awarded Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita, flying an E14Y floatplane from Japanese submarine I-25, flew over Sydney Harbor, Australia at 0430 hours, conducting a reconnaissance mission. He was back aboard I-25 by 0730 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops crossed the Bilin River north of Rangoon, Burma and began to encircle the Indian 17th Infantry Division. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • 9 Japanese troop transports departed Ambon for Timor in the Dutch East Indies at 0800 hours. Later in the evening, Japanese transports Sasego Maru and Sagami Maru departed Makassar, Celebes, Dutch East Indies with invasion troops for Bali. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese carrier aircraft from Ryujo sank Dutch destroyer HMNS Van Nes, escorting Dutch troopship Sloet van Beele, in the Bangka Strait; 69 were killed, 60 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Portuguese Timor Singapore
  • Japanese occupation administration at Singapore sent 3,000 British civilians to Changi prison and 50,000 British, Australian, and Indian captured troops to Selarang Barracks. Some of the captured Indian troops were taken to hear Captain Mohan Singh at Farrer Park, who attempted to persuade them to collaborate with the Japanese. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Feb 1942
Albacore towed to dock off Groton, CT, 17 Feb 1942Badly damaged USS Arizona foremast structure, bridge, and top of turret number 2 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 17 Feb 1942. Note floating crane YD-25 at leftBattleship USS Nevada refloated after being sunk on 7 Dec 1941 and ready to be moved to a drydock, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 17 Feb 1942.Port quarter of the destroyer Monaghan off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California, Feb 17, 1942.

17 Feb 1942 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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