15 Feb 1942
  • Dutch destroyer HNLMS Van Ghent ran aground en route to Palembang, and was scuttled. ww2dbase [TH]
  • German submarine U-432 sank Brazilian ship Buarque 40 kilometers east of Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Archibald Wavell recovered from his fall at Singapore and was released by the hospital. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-165 sank Danish ship Johanne Justesen off the southern tip of India, killing 1. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Dispersed ships of Allied convoy QP-7 began to arrive in Allied waters. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australia
  • An Allied troop convoy consisted of four transports (with Australian and American troops aboard) departed from Darwin, Australia for Timor, escorted by cruiser USS Houston, destroyer USS Peary, sloop HMAS Swan, and sloop HMAS Warrego. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Burma
  • Japanese troops penetrated Indian 17th Infantry Division positions on the Bilin River north of Rangoon, Burma. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands Dutch East Indies
  • 100 additional Japanese paratroopers arrived at Palembang, Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, helping with the securing oil refineries and other facilities. 200 kilometers to the south, British troop transport Ocrades arrives at Oosthaven with 3,400 Australian troops, but the ship would continue on to Java without disembarking the troops. North of Palembang, Japanese troops disembarked at the mouth of the Musi River; the British RAF interfered by attacking the landing with over 50 aircraft, sinking 20 landing craft and killing 100 Japanese. Finally, in the Bangka Strait, Japanese naval gunfire sank British tug HMS Yin Ping; 50 were killed, 25 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Egypt
  • No. 94 Squadron RAF lost four Kittyhawk fighters in combat over Martuba, Egypt. Squadron Leader Ernest M. Mason's aircraft was among the four, shot down and killed by German ace Oberfeldwebel Otto Schulz. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii
  • USS Yorktown departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for Marcus Island. Before she departed, she took on cryptanalyst and linguist Forrest "Tex" Biard. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Grayback departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Libya
  • While escorting German bombers over Gambut, Libya, Hans-Joachim Marseille spotted enemy fighters taking off from a nearby airfield to challenge them. He would shoot down two P-40 fighters, Flight Sergeant Frank Reid at 1300 hours as his 47th kill and Flight Officer P. J. Briggs at 1303 hours as his 48th kill. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines Russia
  • As of this date, 1,632 Crimean Tatars were fighting in self-defense battalions under the German banner. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Singapore
  • With Winston Churchill's permission, Arthur Percival decided to surrender Singapore. A delegation bearing a white flag was dispatched at 1130 hours, but it was turned back by the Japanese, who requested Percival to surrender in person, which Percival complied at 1715 hours. At the Ford Motor Factory at Bukit Timah, Percival signed the surrender document at 2030 hours, making the biggest capitulation in British militay history official. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
Photo(s) dated 15 Feb 1942
Houston at Darwin, Australia, 15 or 18 Feb 1942Bombs from a Japanese aircraft falling around the Dutch cruiser Java in the Gasper Strait east of Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, 15 Feb 1942Cruiser Exeter under air attack, 15 Feb 1942; note bombs falling astern of the cruiserCelebration of Japanese victory in Singapore, Keijo (Gyeongseong, now Seoul), occupied Korea, Feb 1942
See all photos dated 15 Feb 1942

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

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