14 Jan 1942
  • Tirpitz departed Wilhelmshaven, Germany at 2300 hours for Trondheim, Norway; she was escorted by four destroyers. This departure was four days later than originally planned. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US President Roosevelt ordered that all aliens must register with the government. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese forces advanced into Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The British government reported that, for the week ending at 0600 hours on 14 Jan 1942, 85 civilians were killed by German bombing while a further 59 were injured. 63 of the deaths occurred at Lowestoft, 12 at Liverpool in England, and 10 at Redcar. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Skipjack arrived at Darwin, Australia, ending her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Germany
  • Hamburg, Germany was bombed for the first time by mainforce aircraft of RAF Bomber Command; this raid conducted by aircraft of No. 207 Squadron would last until the early hours of the next date. Altona railway station and other targets were hit. Hamburg would ultimately be bombed on seventeen occasions, destroying 75% of the city. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Part of the Japanese invasion fleet for Rabaul, New Britain departed from Guam, Mariana Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team in US Territory of Hawaii detected Japanese carrier activity in the central Pacific area, which might interfere with the planned US carrier strike in the Gilbert Island and the Marshall Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • Irako departed Hashirajima, Japan for a series of stops in the Pacific Ocean (Davao, Philippine Islands; Celebes, Dutch East Indies; Truk, Caroline Islands; Saipan, Mariana Islands) with 500 tons of food supplies aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Japanese troops on bicycles, supported by tanks, crossed the Gemencheh Bridge over the Kelamah River in Negeri Sembilan, Malaya at 1600 hours into an Australian ambush, killing somewhere between 140 and 700 Japanese troops while losing only 1 killed and 6 captured (they would later be executed); the Japanese would return after dark to successfully secure and repair the bridge. Elsewhere, Japanese troops captured Malacca on the west coast. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • The first flight of the Sikorsky XR-4 helicopter prototype was made at Stratford, Connecticut, United States. It would become, as the R-4, the first Allied helicopter ordered into production by the US government. ww2dbase [AC]
  • German submarine U-123 sank Panamanian tanker Norness within sight of (about 60 miles off) Montauk Point, Long Island, New York, United States at 0834 hours; 2 were killed, 39 survived. Much further out in the Atlantic Ocean, 450 miles northwest of Ireland, German submarine U-43 attacked Allied convoy ON 55, sinking Greek ship Maro (all aboard were killed), British ship Empire Surf (45 were killed, 6 survived), and Panamanian ship Chepo (17 were killed, 21 survived). ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
Photo(s) dated 14 Jan 1942
Japanese type 97 Te-Ke tankette during Battle of Muar, Johor, Unfederated Malay States, mid-Jan 1942

14 Jan 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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