21 Feb 1942
  • Japanese Navy Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi, commanding officer of Carrier Division 2, distributed copies of his plans for a new offensive against Hawaii beginning in early 1943. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US Navy Admiral Ernest King presented plans to US President Franklin Roosevelt for conducting the war in the South Pacific for the following 18 months. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US ship Delplata, fatally damaged on the previous day in the Caribbean Sea by German submarine U-156, was sunk by seaplane tender USS Lapwing after all 53 survivors were rescued. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian transports departed Messina, Sicily, Italy and Corfu, Greece; they would rendezvous in the Mediterranean Sea to form convoy K7 with the destination being Tripoli, Libya. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-67 sank Norwegian tanker Kongsgaard 7 miles off Curaçao in the Caribbean Sea at 1532 hours; 38 were killed, 8 survived. 20 miles west of Trinidad, U-161 sank British tanker Circe Shell at 2313 hours; 1 was killed, 57 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-432 sank US freighter Azalea City 125 miles southeast of Ocean City, Maryland, United States at 0123 hours, killing all 38 aboard. At 1044 hours, 300 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, U-107 damaged Norwegian tanker Egda; Egda was able to return to port despite the torpedo damage. Finally, German submarine U-504 sank US tanker Republic off Florida, United States, killing 5 of 29 aboard. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The 2nd Burma Frontier Force, who had been placed north of the Kyaikto track to warn against outflanking, were heavily engaged by the Japanese 215th Regiment and forced to withdraw north-west, crossing the Sittang River by country boats, and proceeding to Pegu. No report of this contact ever reached the divisional commander "Jackie" Smyth who was still hearing rumours of a threatened parachute landing to the west. To the south, British 7th Armored Brigade arrived at Rangoon by sea from Egypt. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • USS Marblehead arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies Germany
  • German cruiser Admiral Scheer, cruiser Prinz Eugen, and 5 destroyers departed Brunsbüttel, Germany for Bergen, Norway. RAF Coastal Command attempted to intercept them, but most of the aircraft failed to find them, and the lone bomber that did was shot down. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Bernard Kuehn was arrested in Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Susan Kuehn was arrested in Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Friedel Kuehn was arrested in Honolulu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille shot down two P-40 fighters in the Gambut and Fort Acroma area in Libya at 1210 hours and 1218 hours; they were his 49th and 50th kills. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • Robert Johnson married Barbara Morgan in Benton, Missouri, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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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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