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28 Feb 1942
  • San Juan was commissioned into service. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US submarine Permit delivered ammunition to Corregidor, Philippine Islands. Upon departure, the submarine evacuated 31 US Navy personnel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-578 attacked destroyer USS Jacob Jones 10 kilometers east of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, United States, hitting her with two or three torpedoes, sinking her. About 80 of the 110 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Franz Halder noted in his diary that the campaign in the Soviet Union had thus far caused 1,005,636 German casualties, 202,251 of which were killed. He also noted that there were 112,627 cases of frostbite. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Alfred Rosenberg advised Wilhelm Keitel to improve the treatment of Soviet prisoners of war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Léon Degrelle was promoted to the rank of Oberfeldwebel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australia
  • The planned strike on Rabaul, New Britain by the US 14th Reconnaissance Squadron (based in Queensland, Australia) was cancelled as about half of the squadron's men were falling ill with dengue fever. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian Papua
  • 7 Japanese Type 1 bombers of the 4th Air Group, escorted by 6 Zero fighters, attacked Port Moresby, Australian Papua, destroying 3 Catalina aircraft, damaging 1 Catalina aircraft, and damaging seaplane base facilities. The Japanese lost one fighter to anti-aircraft fire; the downed pilot, Flying Petty Officer 1st Class Katsuaki Nagatomo, was captured. ww2dbase [CPC]
Burma
  • General Archibald Wavell, who believed Rangoon, Burma must be held, relieved Thomas Hutton for planning an evacuation. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Dutch East Indies
  • British cruiser HMS Exeter departed Surabaya, Java, Dutch East Indies for Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In the Dutch East Indies, Allied cruisers USS Houston and HMAS Perth were ordered to sail through Sunda Strait to Tjilatjap, where they would participate in the Battle of Sunda Strait, and USS Houston would sink with the loss of 693 men. Meanwhile, Japanese troops landed at Bantam Bay and Eretan Wetan, west and east of Batavia, respectively; another force landed 100 miles east of Surabaya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • U-576 arrived at Saint-Nazaire, France, ending her third war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A company of the British Parachute Regiment led by Major John Frost and accompanied by a section of engineers led by Lieutenant Denis Vernon and RAF radar mechanic Flight Sergeant Charles Cox made a daring raid on Bruneval in northern France. They brought back vital components of the German Würzburg radar for further examination by British engineers. ww2dbase [AC]
Germany
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille arrived in Berlin, Germany for a period of home leave. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Malaya
  • Japanese killed 2,000 civilians, mostly ethnic Chinese, in Kota Tinggi, Johor in Malaya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Japanese submarine I-153 sank British freighter City of Manchester south of Java, Dutch East Indies; 3 were killed, 6 were captured by I-153's crew, and 128 were rescued by USS Whippoorwill and USS Lark. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Garland was refitted at Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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

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