24 Jan 1942
  • HMS Indomitable refueled near the Cocos Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yukikaze escorted the Japanese invasion force for Kendari, Celebes, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Swordfish sank Japanese gunboat Myoken Maru off Kendari, Celebes, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Battle of Makassar Strait: Off Balikpapan, four Japanese transports were sunk as the result of this battle. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Germans retook Sukhinichi, near Kaluga, Russia. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The 2nd Battalion of the Japanese 20th Infantry Regiment continued to make landing attempts at Quinauan Point, and Longoskawayan Point, Bataan on Luzon of Philippine Islands, increasing the strength of the small beachhead. After sundown, US and Filipino troops began withdrawing from the Abucay-Mauban defensive line to the new Orion-Bagac defensive line. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft attacked Rangoon, Burma for the second day in a row. From the Thai-Burmese border, Japanese troops marched in multiple columns toward Moulmein, Burma, looking to capture the nearby airfield. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Troop convoy MS2 arrived at Singapore, disembarking an Australian machine gun battalion and 1,900 green conscripts. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-66 sank British tanker Empire Gem 20 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States at 0240 hours. Out to sea to the northeast, at 0653 hours, German submarine U-106 sank British ship Empire Wildebeeste 430 miles southeast of Nova Scotia, Canada. In the afternoon at 1525 hours, U-333 sank Norwegian ship Ringstad off Newfoundland. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • John Curtin, the Australian Premiere, called for an Australian representative to be appointed to the Imperial War Cabinet, and further proposed the establishment of a Pacific Council for joint consultation between all the Allied countries particularly concerned. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Australian Deputy Prime Minister Francis Forde announced in the afternoon that the Japanese had presumably landed at Rabaul, New Britain, Bismarck Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Thomas McBride Price led the second Australian attempt at attacking Rabaul, New Britain (the first having been abandoned on the previous day due to weather); clouds over Rabaul obscured both the attackers (5 Catalina aircraft) as well as the defenders, thus the only damage caused was minor friendly fire incidents on the Japanese side. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Dutch submarine K XVIII fired four torpedoes at Japanese cruiser Naka off Borneo, Dutch East Indies, all of which missed; Naka gave pursue to the submarine unsuccessfully. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Nachi provided support for the landings at Kendari, Celebes, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • During the night, USS Marblehead screened the withdrawal of a force of Dutch and American warships after those ships had successfully attacked a Japanese convoy off Balikpapan, Borneo, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese Sasebo Special Naval Landing Force captured Kendari, Celebes, Dutch East Indies, overcoming the 400 Dutch defenders at the airfield. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Dutch bombers attacked Japanese troop transports off Dutch Borneo as the ships sailed toward Balikpapan. Dutch submarine K-18 damaged Japanese patrol boat P37 and suffered damage from depth charge counterattacks. After sundown, 5,500 Japanese troops landed unopposed at two sites north and east of Balikpapan. Finally, US destroyers USS Paul Jones, USS Parrot, USS Pope, and USS John D. Ford attacked Japanese transports at Borneo, sinking Kuretake Maru, Sumanoura Maru, and Tatsukami Maru, and further damaging patrol boat P37. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille departed Berlin, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Astoria arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Submarine chaser USS Sturdy accidentally rammed submarine USS S-26 in the Gulf of Panama in the darkness, killing 46 of the 49 aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS S-44 departed the Panama Canal Zone for a security patrol of the region. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy QP-6 departed Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

24 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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