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24 Feb 1942
  • USS Yorktown for the New Hebrides for a rendezvous with USS Lexington for a raid on Rabaul in the Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [Yorktown (Yorktown-class) | CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru arrived at Mereyon, Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Tatsuta Maru | CPC]
  • German submarine U-94 sank British ship Empire Hail in the Atlantic Ocean at 0145 hours, killing all 49 aboard. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
Australia Australian New Guinea
  • Three Australian Catalina aircraft bombed Rabaul, New Britain; 1 aircraft was lost on this mission. ww2dbase [Rabaul, New Britain | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 9 Japanese Type 1 aircraft of 4th Air Group, escorted by 9 Zero fighters, attacked Seven Mile Airfield near Port Moresby, Australian Papua, destroying 1 Hudson aircraft and 1 civilian aircraft, destroying many buildings, destroying a few vehicles, and killing 1 person; Australian fighters did not scramble to intercept. ww2dbase [Port Moresby | CPC]
Black Sea
  • Passenger ship Struma, powerless with broken-down engines, drifted in the Black Sea after being abandoned by Turkish authorities on the previous day. In the morning, Soviet submarine SC-213 sank Struma with one torpedo, killing 768 of 769 Romanian Jewish refugees aboard. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • At Java, Dutch East Indies, the headquarters of the Allied ABDA Command was relocated with intention of dissolution. On the same day, Japanese aircraft attacked Allied airfields on Java, destroying 3 US B-17 bombers on the ground; the remaining US 5th Air Force aircraft were evacuated to Australia. ww2dbase [Dutch East Indies Campaign, Java | Java | CPC]
  • Nachi departed Staring Bay, Celebes, Dutch East Indies with Cruiser Division 5. ww2dbase [Nachi | Staring Bay, Celebes | CPC]
Hawaii Libya
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal by Albert Kesselring at Martuba airfield, Libya. The citation of the award was dated 22 Feb 1942, two days prior. ww2dbase [Hans-Joachim Marseille | Martuba | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • USS Enterprise launched aircraft to attack Wake Island. Cruisers USS Salt Lake City and USS Northampton shelled Wake Island. ww2dbase [Enterprise | Salt Lake City | Northampton | Wake Island | TH]
  • Jack Kleiss, flying a SBD Dauntless dive bomber, participated in the raid of Wake Island. ww2dbase [Jack Kleiss | Wake | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 24 Feb 1942
A TBD-1 Devastator bomber flew over Wake Island during the American attack of 24 Feb 1942; note thick smoke in lower center

24 Feb 1942 Interactive Map

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

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