Key WWII events - February 1942

British surrender of Singapore
Operation Cerebus the Channel Dash: Scharnhorst, Gnisenau & Prinz Eugan pass through Straits of Dover back to Germany
Italian Battleships Andrea Doria Caio Duilio and Guilio Cesare Laid up for lack of fuel oil.
Japanese aircraft bomb Darwin
Battle of Java Sea
General MacArthur ordered to leave Philippines

Image of Dutch cruiser De Ruyter Feb 1942

Dutch cruiser De Ruyter

Axis Feb-42 Allied
thailand flag 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 brazil flag yugo flag
0 3 0 4 4 11 19 Battleships 18 6 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
0 0 0 0 0 6 6 Fleet Carriers 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 3 3 Light Carriers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 4 0 3 2 17 22 Heavy Cruisers 31 17 9 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
0 9 0 10 2 17 29 Light Cruisers 62 15 33 0 2 0 3 2 0 5 0 0 2 0
8 51 7 62 41 96 206 Destroyers 450 187 156 3 50 14 8 0 4 8 4 9 7 0
4 58 1 78 199 58 336 Submarines 396 113 61 6 185 0 0 0 3 17 1 5 4 1
0 1 0 0 0 2 2 Escort Carriers 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 10 3 31 13 34 81 Escorts 308 0 195 21 15 67 3 1 2 0 5 0 0 0
3 2 0 0 5 0 5 Other 42 5 30 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 

 

 

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

 

 

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
Jacob Jones Destroyer Torpedoed by German submarine U-578, SE of Cape May, New Jersey, 190 dead, 11 survivors she was hit by 2 torpedoes, the first detonated the ship's magazine the second caused extensive structural damage to her stern, she took an hour to sink, 38.37N 74.32W 28/02/1942
Peary Destroyer Sunk by 5 Japanese dive-bomber aircraft at Port Darwin, Australia, ship was hit by 5 bombs, 80 dead, 13 injured 19/02/1942
Truxtun Destroyer Wrecked in gale, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, 110 dead 18/02/1942
Shark Submarine Possibly sunk by Japanese warship Makassar Strait 11/02/1942
Langley Escort Carrier Damaged by 5 bombs from Japanese Mitsubishi G4M Betty aircraft, 75 miles S of Tjilatjap, Java, ship's engine room flooded & fires topside. Ship could not be brought into Tjilatap harbour & was scuttled by gunfire & torpedoes from American warships Whipple & Edsall, 16 dead, 08.51S 109.02E 27/02/1942
Damaged Report
Chester Cruiser Damaged by bombs from Japanese aircraft, off Taroa Island, Marshal Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, bomb hit well deck, 8 dead, 38 injured 01/02/1942
Marblehead Cruiser Damaged by 2 bombs & 1 near miss from Japanese aircraft, in the S entrance of the Makassar Straits, during the Battle of the Makassar Straits, bombs caused severe underwater damage, flooding & fires on board, her rudder was also damaged, 15 dead, 84 injured 04/02/1942. Ship steamed 13,000 miles to New York Navy Yard to be repaired 04/05/1942
Houston Cruiser Damaged by bomb miss from Japanese aircraft, in the S entrance of the Makassar Straits, during the Battle of the Makassar Straits, bomb knocked out her No. 3 turret, though she remained operational 04/02/1942
Barker Destroyer Damaged by bomb near miss from Japanese aircraft, off Banka Island. Near miss caused flooding & had to withdraw for repair 15/02/1942
Stewart Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from Japanese warships, during Battle of Badung Strait, whilst part of ABDA Command, she was hit below the water line causing extensive flooding 20/02/1942. She reached Surabaya floating dry dock for repair 22/02/1942. During the docks rising, she fell off the keel blocks damaging her propeller shafts & hull
Wilkes Destroyer Damaged in gale running aground at Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, along with American warship Truxton, ship managed to back clear of the beach 18/02/1942
british flag Lost Report
Abdiel Cruiser Damaged when run aground leaving Port Anson, Andaman Islands, ship damaged her port propeller shaft & bracket, only one propeller working 01/02/1942. Ship had to make her way to UK for repair on River Tyne
Electra Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from Japanese warships Asagumo, in the Java Sea, during in Battle of the Java Sea part of the ABDA Command, ship was defending damaged British warship Exeter from further damage, she was disabled & sunk by gunfire from Japanese warship Jintsu, 108 dead, 54 survivors 27/02/1942
Jupiter Destroyer Mined in unknown Dutch minefield, off Soerabaja in the Java Sea, during in Battle of the Java Sea part of the ABDA Command, ship was manoeuvring to avoid Japanese warships gunfire when she hit the mine, she remained afloat for 4 hours before sinking, 84 dead, 97 survivors captured 83 survivors rescued 06.45N 112.06E 27/02/1942
Maori Destroyer Bombed by German Ju 88 aircraft, in Malta harbour, bomb burst in her engine room caught fire & blew up 12/02/1942
Tempest Submarine Damaged by depth charges & forced to the surface by Italian MTB Circe, the Gulf of Taranto, in the Ionian Sea, Italians tried to board boat, managed to get a tow line to her, but she sank stern first 39.15N 17.45E 13/02/1942
P 38 Submarine Damaged by depth charges & forced to the surface by Italian MTB Circe, E of Tripoli, in the Mediterranean Sea 32.50N 16.00E 23/02/1942
Arbutus Corvette Torpedoed by German submarine U-136, SW of Rockall, in the North Atlantic, 55.05N 19.43W 05/02/1942
Dragonfly Gunboat Damaged by Japanese aircraft at anchor off Rusuk Bujara Island, Sumatra, ship abandoned & sank later 14/02/1942
Grasshopper Gunboat Bombed by Japanese aircraft at anchor off Rusuk Island, Sumatra, ship capsized 14/02/1942
Scorpion Gunboat Sunk by gunfire from Japanese warships Banka Strait, off Sumatra 20 survivors captured 13/02/1942
Hearld Survey Ship Damaged by Japanese aircraft Singapore Harbour, ship scuttled 09/02/1942
Damaged Report
Exeter Cruiser Damaged by gunfire from Japanese warships, in the Java Sea, during Battle of Java Sea, whilst part of ABDA Command, ship hit by 8" shell bursting in the engine room, reducing speed to 11 knots 27/02/1942. Temporary repair at Surabaya, her speed limited to 20 knots 28/02/1942
Cleopatra Cruiser Damaged by bombs from German Ju 88 aircraft, in Malta Grand Harbour, hit by 500 Kg bomb, which exploded after passing though forward structure, caused flooding forward & splinters damaged her torpedo tubes 11/02/1942
Durban Cruiser Damaged by bombs from Japanese aircraft, in Sunda Strait off Singapore, whilst escorting steamers carrying evacuees from Singapore. Her 6" gun mount knocked out, but ship remained operational 12/02/1942. Arrived for repair to battle damage at New York Navy Yard 04/09/1942
Westcott Destroyer Damaged when ramming German submarine U-581, S of Pico Island, in the Azores, in the North Atlantic, 38.24N 28.30W 02/02/1942
Avon Dale Destroyer Escort Damaged by bomb from Axis aircraft, in the Mediterranean Sea, during the Second Battle of Sirte 22/02/1942
free France flag Lost Report
Surcouf Submarine Collision with American merchant ship Thomson Lykes, NE of Colon, in the Caribbean Sea 10.40N 79.32W 18/02/1942
Alysse Corvette Torpedoed by German submarine U-654, 700 miles E of Cape Race, in the North Atlantic, 45.50N 44.48W 08/02/1942
canada flag Lost Report
Spikenard Corvette Torpedoed by German submarine U-136, SW of Rockall, in the North Atlantic, 8 survivors 56.10N 21.07W 11/02/1942
netherlands flag Lost Report
De Ruyter Cruiser Torpedoed by Long Lance torpedo from Japanese warship Haguro, in the Java Sea, during the Battle of the Java Sea, whilst part of ABDA Command, ship hit in the stern & she was then engulfed in flames, 375 dead, 113 survivors captured 05.58.55S 112.03.57E 27/02/1942
Java Cruiser Torpedoed by Long Lance torpedo from Japanese warship Nachi, 40 miles WSW of Bawean, during the Battle of the Java Sea, whilst part of ABDA Command, hit in the engine room, all power was cut & all the crew could do was abandon ship, 512 dead, 06.00S 112.05E 27/02/1942
Banckert Destroyer Damaged by Japanese aircraft during air raid at Surabaya 24/02/1942 & 28/02/1942. Scuttled at Surabaya to avoid capture by Japanese 02/03/1942
Van Nes Destroyer Bombed by aircraft from Japanese warship Ryujo, in Banka Strait, in the Java Sea, 68 dead, 03.27S 106.38E 17/02/1942
Evertsen Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from Japanese warships Shirakumo & Murakumo in Sunda Straits, in the Java Sea, whilst part of ABDA Command 28/02/1942. Beached by crew on Sebuku Besar Island 01/03/1942
Kortenaer Destroyer Torpedoed by Long Lance torpedo from Japanese warship Haguro, during the Battle of the Java Sea, whilst part of ABDA Command, torpedo ripped ship into leaving both ends sinking 27/02/1942
Piet Hein Destroyer Sunk by gunfire from Japanese warships Asahio, Oshio & Michishio, in Badoeing Strait, in the Java Sea, whilst part of ABDA Command, after which her magazine exploded 18/02/1942
Van Ghent Destroyer Aground in narrow harbour mouth of Tjilatjap 15/02/1942
K XIII Submarine Bombed by Japanese aircraft at Sourabaya, Dutch East Indies 18/02/1942
K VII Submarine Bombed by Japanese aircraft whilst laying submerged at bottom of Surabaya harbour skeleton crew of 13 lost 18/02/1942
Damaged Report
Tromp Cruiser Damaged by gunfire from Japanese warship Arashio, whilst part of ABDA Command, in Badoeing Strait, in the Java Sea 18/02/1942

 

Axis Losses

japan flag Lost Report
Natsushio Destroyer Torpedoed by American submarine S 37, S of Macassar, Celebes Island, in the Java Sea 05.10S 119.24E 08/02/1942
I-23 Submarine Lost reason unknown off Hawaii 14/02/1942
W 9 Minesweeper Mined in Dutch minefield off Ambon, in the Dutch East Indies, 03.42S 128.10E 02/02/1942
Damaged Report
Katori Patrol Cruiser Damaged by bombs from Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft from American warships Saratoga & Lexington, at Kwajalein Atoll, Pacific Ocean 01/02/1942. Withdrawn for repair 09/02/1942
Michishio Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from American warships Pilsbury & John D Edwards and Dutch warship Tromp, during the Battle of Badung Strait, 13 dead, 83 injured 19/02/1942. Towed by Japanese warship Asashio to Makassar for repair
Oshio Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from American warships Pilsbury & John D Edwards and Dutch warship Tromp, during the Battle of Badung Strait, 7 dead 19/02/1942. Arrived for temporary repair at Makassar 22/02/1942
Asagumo Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from British warship Electra, during the Battle of the Java Sea. Her engine room was temporarily knocked out, 4 dead, 19 injured 28/02/1942. Arrived emergency repair at Balikpapan 01/03/1943. Arrived for battle damage repair & refit at Yokosuka 29/03/1943
Suzukaze Destroyer Damaged by torpedo from American submarine Sculpin, in the mouth of Staring Bay, Celebes Island. Torpedo flooded several compartments & ship had to towed into Staring Bay by Japanese warships Yamakaze for emergency repair, 9 dead 04/02/1942. Departed for repair in Japan 28/03/1942
german flag Lost Report
U-581 Submarine Rammed by British warship Westcott, in the North Atlantic, S of Pico Island, in the Azores, 4 dead, 41 survivors captured 38.24N 28.30W 02/02/1942
U-82 Submarine Depth charged by British warships Hesperus & Tamarisk, N of the Azores, in the North Atlantic, 45 dead, 0 survivors 44.10N 23.52W 06/02/1942
Damaged Report
Scharnhorst Battleship Damaged by British air dropped mine off the mouth of the Scheldt during Operation Cerberus the English Channel dash. Mine exploded abrest her forward turret, jamming her Bruno turret. The blast also knocking out her electrical system & oil pumps to her turbo-generators immobierlizing her. After 20 minutes she was under way again down by the bow flooded with 1,200 tons of water. Hit second mine off Terschelling on her starboard side. 2 of her 3 rudders were knocked out & only her centre shaft was working limiting her speed to 10 knots 12/02/1942
Gneisenau Battleship Damaged by mine off Terschelling during Operation Cerberus the English Channel dash. The mine exploded just forward of the rear turret 12/02/1942. Damaged by bombs from British aircraft at Kiel floating dock, fire touched off her forward magazine 27/02/1942
Prinz Eugan Cruiser Damaged by torpedo from British submarine Trident outside Drontheim Fjord, stern of ship badly damaged 23/02/1942

 

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
Hornet Fleet Carrier Newport News Shipbuilding Co, Newport, VA Dec 1940 8 x 5"; 16 x 1.1"; 24 x 0.5"; 96 aircraft 4"-1.5" 32.5 19875 2175
JuneauĀ  Light Cruiser FederalĀ  Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ Oct 1941 16 x 5"; 16 x 1.1"; 8 x 20 mm; 8 x 21" TT 3.75"-1.25" 32.5 6825 623
San Juan Light Cruiser Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA Sep 1941 16 x 5"; 16 x 1.1"; 8 x 20 mm; 8 x 21" TT 3.75"-1.25" 32.5 6825 623
Fitch 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
Grouper Submarine Electric Boat Co, Groton, CT 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
Frobisher Heavy Cruiser Devonport Royal Dockyard, Plymouth Mar 1920 5 x 7.5"; 5 x 4"; 7 x 1.6"; 6 x 21" TT 3"-1" 30.5 9860 712
Gambia Light Cruiser Swan Hunter Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne Nov 1940 12 x 6"; 8 x 4"; 8 x 1.5"; 6 x 21" TT; 2 Aircraft 3.5"-1.5" 31.5 10450 920
Matchless Destroyer Alex Stephen & Sons, Ltd, Govan Sep 1941 6 x 4.7"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 8 x 21" TT 36 2725 226
Pakenham Destroyer Hawthorn & Leslie, Hebburn-on-Tyne Jan 1941 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6"; 8 x 21" TT 37 2270 212
Partridge Destroyer Fairfield Shipbuilding Co, Govan Aug 1941 4 x 4.7"; 4 x 1.6"; 8 x 21" TT 36.75 2270 175
Penn Destroyer Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle Feb 1941 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6"; 8 x 21" TT 37 2270 212
Unison Submarine Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Nov 1941 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 11.25 630 33
Veteran Destroyer Escort John Brown & Co, Ltd, Clydebank Apr 1919 2 x 4.7"; 1 x Hedgehog; 2 x 3"; 2 x 20 mm 34 1100 110
Dart Corvette John Crown & Sons Ltd, Sunderland Sep 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Hyderabad Corvette Alexander Hall & Co, Ltd, Aberdeen Sep 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Saxifrage Corvette Charles Hill & Sons Ltd, Bristol Oct 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Albrighton Destroyer Escort John Brown & Co, Ltd, Clydebank Oct 1941 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 2 x 21" TT 27 1590 168
Grove Destroyer Escort Swan Hunter Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne May 1941 6 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp 27 1625 168
Ledbury Destroyer Escort John I. Thornycroft, Woolston, Southampton Sep 1941 6 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp 27 1625 168
Wilton Destroyer Escort Yarrow & Co, Glasgow Oct 1941 6 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp 27 1625 168
canada flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Caldwell Destroyer Bath Union Iron Works, Bath, ME May 1919 4 x 4"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1090 146
Timmins Corvette Canadian Yarrow Ltd, Esquimault, BC Jun 1941 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 900 109
Bayfield Minesweeper Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co, Port Arthur, ON May 1941 1 x 3"; 40 DC 16.5 688 87
Fort York Minesweeper Dufferin Shipbuilding Co, Toronto, ON Aug 1941 1 x 3"; 40 DC 16.5 688 87
Kelowna Minesweeper Prince Rupert Dry Dock & Shipyards Co, Prince Rupert, BC May 1941 1 x 3"; 40 DC 16.5 688 87
netherlands flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Van Galen Destroyer William Denny & Bros, Ltd, Dumbarton Apr 1941 6 x 4.7"; 4 x 1.6" pp; 10 x 21" TT 36 1773 218
norway flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Lincoln Destroyer William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA Jun 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1090 146

 

Axis Commissioned

japan flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
I-27 Submarine Sasebo Naval Dockyard Jun 1940 1 x 5.5"; 2 x 25 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 1 Aircraft   23.6 2198 101
I-28 Submarine Mitsubishi Heavy Metals Industries, Kobe Dec 1940 1 x 5.5"; 2 x 25 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 1 Aircraft   23.6 2198 101
I-29 Submarine Yokosuka Naval Dockyard Sep 1940 1 x 5.5"; 2 x 25 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 1 Aircraft   23.6 2198 101
I-30 Submarine Kure Naval Dockyard Sep 1940 1 x 5.5"; 2 x 25 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 1 Aircraft   23.6 2198 101
Ishizaki Minelayer Mitsubishi Heavy Metals Industries, Yokohama Aug 1941 2 x 1.6"; 1 x 13.2 mm; 120 Mines 20 720 100
germany flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
T 22 Destroyer Schichau Yard, Elbing Jun 1941 4 x 4.1"; 4 x 37 mm; 12 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   32.5 1294 206
Z 33 Destroyer Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Sep 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-165 Submarine Seebeckwerft, Wesermunde Aug 1941 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1102 48
U-178 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Oct 1941 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   19.2 1590 57
U-210 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-258 Submarine Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-259 Submarine Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-336 Submarine Nordseewerke, Emden Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-381 Submarine Howaldtswerke, Kiel Jan 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-410 Submarine Danziger Werft, Danzig Oct 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-441 Submarine F. Schichau, Danzig Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-515 Submarine Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg Dec 1941 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1102 48
U-516 Submarine Deutsche Werft AG, Hamburg Dec 1941 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1102 48
U-608 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-609 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-610 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-611 Submarine Blohm & Voss, Hamburg Jan 1942 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-661 Submarine Howaldtswerke, Hamburg Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-757 Submarine Kriegemarine Werft, Wilhelmshaven Dec 1941 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
italy flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Mitragliere Destroyer Cantiere Navale Rituniti, Ancona Sep 1941 4 x 4.7"; 12 x 13.2 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 2 DC throwers 34 1690 34
Volframio Submarine Franco Tosi, Taranto Nov 1941 1 x 100 mm; 2 x 20 mm; 4 x 21" TT 14 697 14

 

Neutral Commissioned

No neutral ships commissioned this month