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4 Mar 1942
  • USS Enterprise launched aircraft against Marcus Island. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • USS Grampus sank Japanese tanker Kaijo Maru in the Pacific Ocean, killing all 90 aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Narwhal sank Japanese Army cargo ship Taki Maru 200 miles south of Japan in the Pacific Ocean. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • HMS Edinburgh completed her refitting at Tyne, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Harold Alexander arrived in Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Australian sloop HMAS Yarra was sunk by Japanese cruisers 300 miles south of Java, Dutch East Indies at 0800 hours whilst attempting to protect a convoy of vessels withdrawing to Australia; 158 were killed, 13 survived. The other three ships in the small convoy (minesweeper MMS-51, depot ship Anking, and tanker Francol) were sunk during the same attack. ww2dbase [AC, CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Light cruiser HMS Sheffield (Captain A. W. Clarke, RN) was mined off Iceland. She was under repair until Jul 1942. ww2dbase [Main Article | HM]
  • The 6,675-ton British steam merchant Frumenton, carrying 10,393 tons of wheat, struck a mine eleven miles east of Great Yarmouth, England, United Kingdom and sank whilst on passage from St John's to London. ww2dbase [HM]
Australia
  • US 7th Pursuit Squadron, flying P-40 fighters, was sent to Horn Island off Queensland, Australia. ww2dbase [CPC]
Burma
  • In Burma, Japanese troops enveloped Chinese troops at Toungoo while British 7th Queen's Own Hussars regiment clashed with Japanese troops at Pegu. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • USS S-39 (SS-144; Lieutenant J. W. Coe) damaged Japanese fleet oiler Erimo south of Belitung Island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra in the Dutch East Indies. Erimo's commanding officer, Captain Soma, beached Erimo on Bali Island to prevent sinking. The light cruiser Yura rescued survivors, but four crewmen were lost. Erimo was abandoned as a constructive total loss. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC, HM]
  • All Dutch troops evacuated Batavia and Leuwiliang, Java, Dutch East Indies after sundown for Bandoeng 70 miles to the southeast. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • At 0000 hours, US radar operators detected two signals approaching Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii; they were two H8K flying boats from Wotje, Marshall Islands via French Frigate Shoals (where they took on fuel from submarines I-15 and I-19). At 0130 hours, five PBY Catalina aircraft were launched, armed with torpedoes, to search for the carriers that the Americans thought where the flying boats must have launched from; at the same time, five US Army fighters were launched to attack the flying boats. At 0210 hours and 0230 hours, the two flying boats dropped their payloads uncontested, although the first bombs fell harmlessly in the mountains 10 miles from Pearl Harbor and the second bombs landed in the water just outside of Pearl Harbor. The two aircraft flew back to Wotje unscathed. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
India
  • British submarine HMS Rover (Lieutenant Commander G. H. Reynolds, RN) arrived at Bombay, India where her refit was to be continued by the Bombay Dockyard. A lot of her equipment was lost at Singapore and had to be shipped from the United Kingdom. It would therefore take considerable time before Rover would be completed. Her completion date was delayed several times due to other priorities and equipment that was being sent from the United Kingdom being lost. ww2dbase [HM]
Indian Ocean
  • The 865-ton Dutch steam merchant Merkus en route to Bombay, India from Tjilatjap, Java, Dutch East Indies, was attacked and sunk by gunfire by the Japanese submarine I-7 in the Indian Ocean close to the Cocos Islands. The crew of the Merkus would reach Sumatra, Dutch East Indies. I-7 then went on to torpedo and sink another Dutch vessel, the 3,271-ton passenger vessel Le Maire. ww2dbase [HM]
Malaya
  • Japanese killed 300 civilians, mostly ethnic Chinese, in Geland Patah, Johor in Malaya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Sir William Jowitt was appointed Paymaster-General of the United Kingdom with special responsibility for post-war reconstruction. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 4 Mar 1942
Cummings at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 4 Mar 1942, photo 1 of 2Cummings at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 4 Mar 1942, photo 2 of 2

4 Mar 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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