28 Jan 1942
  • After gaining 60 miles, Timoshenko's offensive in Ukraine began to slow. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Georgy Zhukov was promoted, with responsibility growing to include the Bryanksk, Kalinin, and West Fronts. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Japanese troops occupied Rossel Island off southwestern New Guinea. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British fighter ace Robert Roland Stanford Tuck (27 kills) was shot down and was taken prisoner in Germany. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Münster, Germany was bombed for the first time during the night of 28-29 Jan 1942 by mainforce aircraft of RAF Bomber Command. It would ultimately be bombed on six occasions, destroying 65% of the city. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Mortars and machine guns of the US 4th Marine Regiment were assigned to the 57th Philippine Scout Regiment at Longoskawayan Point, Bataan on Luzon, Philippine Islands, where the combined US-Filipino effort would soon wipe out the Japanese landing attempt. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US B-17 bombers based on Java, Dutch East Indies bombed Japanese positions at Kendari, Celebes, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Thorn sank Italian tanker Ninuccia one mile off Cape Planka, Yugoslavia at 1121 hours. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Indian troops destroyed port facilities at Benghazi, Libya as German forces approached. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weißenfeld was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht bulletin by the headquarters of the German Wehrmacht. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Dispersed ships of Allied convoy QP-6 began to arrive in Allied waters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US 49th Pursuit Squadron, flying P-40 fighters, arrived in Australia by ship. ww2dbase [CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • Four Australian Catalina aircraft from Port Moresby, British Territory of Papua attacked Rabaul, New Britain, causing little or no damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Japanese troops landed at Pemangkat, Dutch Borneo. At Balikpapan, part of the assault force for Bandjermasin, the capital of Dutch Borneo, departed by transports. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • In Berlin, Germany, fighter ace Adolf Galland was awarded Diamonds to his Knight's Cross by Adolf Hitler for achieving 94 kills. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille arrived in Sicily, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops outflanked and wiped out Indian 22nd Brigade at the village of Layang Layang, Perak, Malaya. Meanwhile, US B-17 bombers based on Java, Dutch East Indies bombed Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaya. After sundown, British gunboats HMS Dragonfly and HMS Scorpion evacuated British troops at Rengit, Johor, Malaya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Chechen rebel leader Khasan Israilov formed the anti-Soviet organization Special Party of Caucasus Brothers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • RAF Bomber Command's No. 8 (Bomber) Group was disbanded. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • Phil Zampini became Robert Johnson's flight instructor at the Missouri Institute of Aeronautics in Sikeston, Missouri, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Jan 1942
Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go light tank knocked out by Australian anti-tank fire during Battle of Muar in Malaya, 28 Jan 1942; note dead crew members nearby

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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