Key WWII events - January 1942

Great Britain New Zealand and South Africa Declare war against Thailand
Japanese capture Manila & Cavite
Japanese invade Borneo, New Guinea & Solomon Islands
Japanese siege of Bataan begins
Japanese invade Dutch East Indies
British retreat from Malaya complete
Japanese siege of Singapore begins
Battle of Makassar Strait
German forces attack in North Africa
German battleship Tirpitz arrives at Trondheim
Soviet forces winter offensive in the Ukraine

Image of American carrier Saratoga Jan 1942

American carrier Saratoga

 

Axis Jan-42 Allied
France flag Romania flag italy flag german flag japan flag Total Class Total USA flag british flag free France flag soviet flag canada flag australia flag new zealand flag poland flag netherlands flag norway flag greece flag yugo flag
3 0 4 2 11 17 Battleships 17 6 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 6 6 Fleet Carriers 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 2 2 Light Carriers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 0 3 2 18 23 Heavy Cruisers 35 18 10 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
9 0 9 3 14 26 Light Cruisers 61 15 34 0 2 0 3 2 0 5 0 0 0
51 7 60 41 96 204 Destroyers 446 186 160 3 50 14 8 0 4 8 4 9 0
58 1 78 188 61 328 Submarines 390 112 60 6 186 0 0 0 3 16 1 5 1
1 0 0 0 2 2 Escort Carriers 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 3 31 13 34 81 Escorts 302 0 194 20 15 65 3 0 2 0 4 0 0
3 0 0 5 0 5 Other 43 5 30 0 0 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0

 

 

Class argentina flag brazil flag chile flag columbia flag peru flag denmark flag sweden flag portugal flag spain flag turkey flag thailand flag
Battleships 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Fleet Carriers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carriers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruisers 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Light Cruisers 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 0
Destroyers 15 7 8 2 2 0 16 5 16 6 8
Submarines 3 4 9 0 4 8 21 4 4 7 4
Escort Carriers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0
Other 6 0 3 0 0 2 7 0 0 0 3

 

 

Allied and Axis Naval Losses

Contains the lost and damaged (and therefore out of action) warships by country.
These are changes that happen during the month and figures will be reflected in the following month's tables.

Allied Losses

USA flagLost Report
S 26 Submarine Collision with PC 460 during night patrol in the Gulf of Panama, 300 ft down, 2 survivors 46 dead 24/01/1942
S 36 Submarine Aground on the Taka Bakang Reef, in the Makassar Strait, flooding caused chlorine gas to escape, forcing crew to abandoned boat, 0 dead 20/01/1942. Scuttled 21/01/1942
Damaged Report
Saratoga Carrier Damaged by torpedo from Japanese submarine I-16, E of the Solomon Islands. Her propulsion was damaged & she had to be towed into the wind by American warship Minneapolis so she could launch aircraft off to Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, 6 dead 10.34S 164.18E 11/01/1942
Wichita Cruiser Damaged during storm at anchor at Hvalfjordour, Iceland. She was in collision with American merchant ship West Nohno, a British trawler & then ran aground. She suffered hull damage & damage to her stem 10/01/1942
Boise Cruiser Damaged running aground uncharted shoal Sape Strait, Dutch East Indies 21/01/1942
Badger Destroyer Damaged in gale in the North Atlantic, whilst on convoy duty. Her mast was brought down & her whaleboat was smashed 11/01/1942. Withdrawn for repair after taking 2 days of gale force winds 13/01/1942. Arrived St. John's, Newfoundland 19/01/1942. Arrived at Boston, MA 26/01/1942
british flag Lost Report
Gurkha Destroyer Damaged by torpedo from German submarine U-133 N of Bardia, in the Mediterranean Sea, ship sank in 90 minutes 31.50N 29.14E 17/01/1942
Thanet Destroyer Sunk by gunfire from Japanese warships Amagiri, Hatsuyuki & Shirayuki, off Endau, Malaya, hit in engine room disabled ship, she continued to fight against heavy odds until sinking with heavy loss of life 02.40.N 103.42E 27/01/1942
Belmont Destroyer Torpedoed by German submarine U-82, off Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the North Atlantic, 138 dead, 0 survivors 42.02N 57.18W 31/01/1942
Matabele Destroyer Torpedoed by German submarine U-545, in the Barents Sea, ship exploded almost immediately after the torpedo hit, many of the crew died in the freezing water before they could be rescued, 238 dead, 2 survivors 69.21N 35.24E 17/01/1942
Vimiera Destroyer Mined in the Thames estuary off East Spile Buoy 51.28N 00.55E 09/01/1942
Triumph Submarine Mined off Milo Island, in the Gulf of Athens 09/01/1942
Culver Sloop Torpedoed in North Atlantic by German submarine U-105, SW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic, hit by 2 torpedoes the ship's magazine exploded, 125 dead, 12 survivors 48.43N 20.14W 31/01/1942
Damaged Report
Kenya Cruiser Damaged by gunfire from German shore battery during Operation Archery the Vaagso Raid, 4 dead, 4 injured 27/12/1941. Ship remained operational. Withdrawn for repair at Scapa Flow 01/01/1942
Kimberley Destroyer Damaged by torpedo from German submarine U-77, off Bardia, Libya, in the Mediterranean Sea, stern of ship badly damaged, towed to Alexandria by British warship Heythrop 12/01/1942
Isis Destroyer Damaged by bombs from Japanese aircraft whilst under repair at Singapore 17/01/1942. Towed to Batavia to avoid capture by Japanese 07/02/1942. Towed to Bombay to avoid capture by Japanese arriving 03/04/1942
Hesperus Destroyer Damaged after ramming German submarine U-93, N of Madeira, in the North Atlantic, 36.10N 15.52W 15/01/1942
Sherwood Destroyer Damaged by heavy storm weather, whilst on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. Serious structural damage caused 27/01/1942
Archer Escort Carrier Damaged in collision with America merchant ship Brazos, off American coast, sustained damage to her bows 12/01/1942
soviet flag Lost Report
M 175 Submarine Torpedoed by German submarine U-584 in Arctic Sea north of Rybachiy peninsula 70.09N 32.50E 10/01/1942
Vzryvatyel Minesweeper Damaged by bombs German artillery off Eupatoria ship beached 07/01/1942
Damaged Report
Molotov Heavy Cruiser Damaged in storm when ship was thrown against the jetty at Tuapse 22/01/1942
Krasnyi Kavkaz Cruiser Damaged by bombs from German aircraft 04/01/1942.
netherlands flag Lost Report
Prins van Ojanje Minelayer Sunk by Japanese warships Yamakaze & PB No 38 S of Boengoe Island 11/01/1942
K XVIII Submarine Damaged by depth charge attack by Japanese on Balikpapan, unable to dive returns to Sourabaya for repairs 24/01/1942

 

Axis Losses

japan flag Lost Report
I-60 Submarine Sunk by gunfire & depth charges from British warship British warship Jupiter, 25 miles NNW of Krakatoa Island, in the Java Sea 17/01/1942
I-73 Submarine Torpedoed by American submarine Gudgeon, 240 miles W of Midway Island, in the Pacific Ocean, 28.24N 178.35E 27/01/1942
I-124 Submarine Depth charged by Australian warships Lithgow & Katoomba, off Dutch East lndies, 80 dead 21/01/1942
PB 37 Transport Sunk by gunfire & torpedoes American warships Pope & Parrott off Balikpapan 01.24S 117.02E 24/01/1942
W 13 Minesweeper Sunk by Dutch coastal battery off Tarakan, Borneo 11/01/1942
W 14 Minesweeper Sunk by Dutch coastal battery off Tarakan, Borneo 11/01/1942
Damaged Report
Myoko Cruiser Damaged by bomb from American Boeing B-17D Flying Fortress aircraft at anchor Malalag Bay, Java. Ship was hit by one bomb 04/01/1942
Inazuma Destroyer Damaged in collision with Japanese storeship Sendai Maru, Davao, Philippines 20/01/1942
german flag Lost Report
Z 08 Bruno Heinemann Destroyer Mined off Cap Gris Nez E of Ostend in English Channel by mine laid by British warship Plover 51.16N 02.15E 25/01/1942
U-374 Submarine Torpedoed by British submarine Unbeaten, E of Cape Spartivento, in the Mediterranean Sea, 42 dead 1 survivor captured, 37.50N 16.00E 12/01/1942
U-577 Submarine Depth charged by British Swordfish aircraft, NE of Tobruk, in the Mediterranean Sea, 43 dead, 0 survivors 32.40N 25.48E 15/01/1942
U-93 Submarine Damaged by depth charges from British warship Hesperus, N of Madeira, in the North Atlantic, boat was forced to the surface, followed by gunfire & ramming, 6 dead, 40 survivors captured 36.10N 15.52W 15/01/1942
UC-1 Submarine Damaged by fire 04/01/1942
Damaged Report
U-105 Submarine Damaged by depth charge attack from British warships escorting Convoy SL 98 WSW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic 31/01/1942
U-132 Submarine Damaged by depth charges from American warship Stack, NW of Reykjavik, Iceland, boats diesel compressor damaged 29/01/1942
italy flag Lost Report
Ammiraglio Saint-Bon Submarine Torpedoed by British submarines Upholder, off Sicily, in the Mediterranean Sea 05/01/1942
Medusa Submarine Torpedoed by British submarine Thorn, in the Adriatic Sea 30/01/1942

 

Neutral Losses

No neutral losses this month

 

Commissioned - Details ships newly commissioned during the month.

Allied Commissioned

USA flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
San Diego Light Cruiser Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA Jul 1941 16 x 5"; 16 x 1.1"; 8 x 20 mm; 8 x 21" TT 3.75"-1.25" 32.5 6825 623
Forrest Destroyer Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA Jun 1941 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Hobson Destroyer Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC Sep 1941 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Macomb Destroyer Union Iron Works, Bath, ME Sep 1941 4 x 5"; 4 x 40 mm; 7 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   35 1839 208
Finback Submarine Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH Aug 1941 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 2 x 0.3"; 10 x 21" TT 20.25 1825 80
Geenling Submarine Electric Boat Co, Groton, CT Sep 1941 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 2 x 0.3"; 10 x 21" TT 20.25 1825 80
Trigger Submarine Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA Oct 1941 1 x 3"; 2 x 0.5"; 2 x 0.3"; 10 x 21" TT 20.25 1825 80
british flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Inconstant Destroyer Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Feb 1941 4 x 4.7"; 8 x 21" 35.5 1890 145
Lookout Destroyer Scotts' Shipbuilding, Greenock Nov 1940 6 x 4.7"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 8 x 21" TT 36 2725 226
P 612 Submarine Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Jul 1940 1 x 4"; 5 x 21" TT 13.7 683 40
Unbroken Submarine Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Nov 1941 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 11.25 630 33
Chrysanthemum Corvette Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast Apr 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Aldenham Destroyer Escort Cammell Laird, Birkenhead Aug 1941 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 2 x 21" TT 27 1590 168
Middleton Destroyer Escort Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle May 1941 6 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp 27 1625 168
Boston Minesweeper Ailsa Shipbuilding Co, Ltd, Troon Dec 1940 1 x 3"; 40 DC 16.5 780 87
free France flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Commandante Drogou Corvette Harland & Wolff, Ltd, Belfast Apr 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109
soviet flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Svobodny Destroyer Marti Yard, Nikolayev, Leningrad Jan 1939 4 x 5.1"; 2 x 3"; 3 x 37 mm; 4 x 0.5" MG; 6 x 21" TT; 60 mines 36 2192 207
canada flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
New Westminister Corvette Foundation Co, Victoria, BC May 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109
Regina Corvette Marine Industries Ltd, Sorel, QC Oct 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109
australia flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Cessnock Minesweeper Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney Oct 1941 1 x 4"; 1 x 40mm; 40 DC 16 650 90
Colac Minesweeper Morts Dock, Shipbuilders, Sydney, NSW Aug 1941 1 x 4"; 1 x 40mm; 40 DC 16 650 90
Geelong Minesweeper Williamstown Dockyard, Melbourne, VIC Apr 1941 1 x 4"; 1 x 40mm; 40 DC 16 650 90
Whyalla Minesweeper Broken Hill Ply, Ltd, Whyalla, SA May 1941 1 x 4"; 1 x 40mm; 40 DC 16 650 90
netherlands flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
K VIII Submarine De Schelde Navy Yard, Vlissingen Mar 1922 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 12.7 mm; 4 x 17.7" TT 16.5 649 31
norway flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Potentilla Corvette William Simons & Co, Ltd, Renfrew Dec 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109

 

Axis Commissioned

japan flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Shoho Light Carrier Yokosuka Naval Dockyard Jun 1935 8 x 5"; 8 x 1"; 30 Aircraft 28 11262 785
germany flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Tirpitz Battleship Wilhelmshaven Naval Dockyard Apr 1939 8 x 15"; 12 x 5.9"; 16 x 105 mm; 16 x 37 mm; 12 x 20 mm; 4 x Aircraft 13"-10" 29 42900 2608
Z 31 Destroyer Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen May 1941 5 x 5.9"; 4 x 37 mm; 6 x 20 mm; 8 x 21" TT; 60 Mines; 4 DC 36.5 2527 321
U-217 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Nov 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT; 39 Mines 16.7 950 44
U-218 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT; 39 Mines 16.7 950 44
U-257 Submarine Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack Nov 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-332 Submarine Nordseewerke, Emden Mar 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-409 Submarine Danziger Werft, Danzig Sep 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-440 Submarine F. Schichau, Danzig Aug 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-461 Submarine Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel Nov 1941 1 x 37 mm; 4 x 20 mm; + 4 Torpedoes, 423 tons diesel fuel 14.4 1661 53
U-513 Submarine Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg Oct 1941 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1102 48
U-514 Submarine Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg Nov 1941 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1102 48
U-603 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Nov 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-604 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Nov 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-605 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Nov 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-606 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Nov 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-607 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-660 Submarine Howaldtswerke, Hamburg Nov 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-91 Submarine Flender-Werke, Lubeck Nov 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
UD-5 Submarine Rotterdam Dry Dock Co, Rotterdam Sep 1941 1 x 88 mm; 2 x 40 mm; 8 x 21" TT   19.5 881 55
italy flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Lubiana Destroyer Yarrow & Co, Ltd, Kraljevica Jun 1938 4 x 4.7"; 4 x 40 mm; 2 x HMG; 6 x 21" TT; 30 Mines 38 1210 38
Sebenico Destroyer Chantiers de la Loire, Nantes Dec 1937 4 x 4.7"; 4 x 40 mm; 2 x HMG; 6 x 21" TT; 30 Mines 38 1210 38
Bronzo Submarine Franco Tosi, Taranto Sep 1941 1 x 100 mm; 2 x 20 mm; 4 x 21" TT 14 697 14
Porfido Submarine Cantiere Riuniti dell' Adriatico, Monfalcone Aug 1941 1 x 100 mm; 2 x 20 mm; 4 x 21" TT 14 697 14
thailand flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Sri Ayuthia Costal Defence Kawasaki Dockyard Co, Ltd, Kobe Jul 1937 4 x 8"; 4 x 3"; 4 x 40 mm 2.5"-1" 15.5 2665 155

 

Neutral Commissioned

No neutral ships commissioned this month