7 Jan 1942
  • USS Pollack sank Japanese cargo ship Unkai Maru No. 1 off Japan with one of two torpedoes fired; this was the first confirmed sinking by the Submarine Force of the US Navy Pacific Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • ShCh-401 attacked an enemy ship with three torpedoes off Helnes, Norway at 0038 hours; all torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops made probing attacks at the opening of the Bataan peninsula at Luzon, Philippine Islands. Meanwhile, General MacArthur organized his forces into two corps and a rear area service command. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The Soviet Volkhov Front attempted to force Germans back from Leningrad. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Franz Halder noted that there was a very brief thought of using chemical weapons against Soviet troops, but discussions never went beyond this idea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • During a meeting with top German leaders, Adolf Hitler noted his belief that the United States' commercial prowess would not be able to overcome the Axis powers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt submitted a US$29,000,000,000 budget to the US Congress to fund the construction of 60,000 aircraft, 45,000 tanks, and 8,000,000 tons of shipping. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese tanks wiped out the Indian 11th Division at Slim River, British Malaya early in the morning; by 0930 hours, both the road and railway bridges were secured by Japanese troops. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Archibald Wavell inspected troops and defenses in Singapore. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A Japanese invasion force departed Davao, Mindanao, Philippine Islands for Tarakan, Dutch Borneo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • George Brett was promoted to the temporary rank of lieutenant general. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • 18 Japanese Type 96 G3M bombers were spotted over Tabar en route to Rabaul, New Britain; when they struck Rabaul, they destroyed one Wirraway fighter and one Hudson bomber. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines Russia
  • Soviet Army began an offensive near Lake Ilmen in Russia, with the aim of encircling Demyansk. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
United States
  • USS S-44 departed Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 7 Jan 1942
USS Milwaukee off the New York Navy Yard, United States, 7 Jan 1942View of USS Milwaukee

7 Jan 1942 Interactive Map

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




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