25 Feb 1942
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Mereyon, Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • A two-day debate in British House of Commons ended with many being critical of the policy of bombing German cities. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • Joseph Stilwell arrived in India. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Major General Smyth requested that Lieutenant General Hutton grant him sick leave but received no reply. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Italian submarine Torelli sank Panamanian tanker Esso Copenhagen 525 miles east of Trinidad; 1 was killed, 38 survived. On the same day, Italian submarine Da Vinci sank Brazilian ship Cadebelo 800 miles east of Guadeloupe; everyone aboard was killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
  • HMS Indomitable arrived at Port Sudan in British East Africa and received Hurricane fighters and personnel of No. 30 and No. 261 Squadrons. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-156 sank British tanker La Carriere 70 miles south of Puerto Rico; 15 were killed, 26 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USAT Ancon and USAT Hugh L. Scott arrived at Brisbane, Australia, delivering ground echelons of 3rd Bombardment Group (Light and 22nd Bombardment Group (Medium) of the United States Army Air Forces. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Hermes arrived at Trincomalee, Ceylon and disembarked Swordfish torpedo bombers of 814 Naval Air Squadron. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Kaga departed Staring Bay near Kendari, Celebes, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Akagi departed Staring Bay, Celebes, Dutch East Indies with the Striking Force to cover the invasion of Java. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Naka departed Makassar, Celebes, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • In the Dutch East Indies, the second of two Japanese invasion fleets for Java departed from Balikpapan, Borneo; the fleet was consisted of 41 troop transports and escorted by 5 cruisers and 16 destroyers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese carriers departed from Kendari, Celebes to patrol waters off Java and Australia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese submarine I-158 attacked Dutch freighter Boeroe off Java, Dutch East Indies at 1015 hours but was driven off by an escort; at 1130 hours, I-158 attacked again, sinking Boeroe with two torpedoes; all 70 aboard survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The first A4 rocket was placed on Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Rear Admiral Keiichi Onishi was named the chief of staff of Chinkai Guard District in southern Korea. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Soviets began trials for a new submachine gun to succeed the proven PPSh-41 design. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The keel of destroyer Success was laid down by J. Samuel White on Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
United States
  • USS Hammann departed San Francisco, California, United States as a part of Task Force 17. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Battle of Los Angeles: an unidentified flying object over the American city of Los Angeles at 0225 hours caused a black-out order and the order to fire anti-aircraft weapons; stray anti-aircraft fire killed 3 civilians. ww2dbase [CPC]
Photo(s) dated 25 Feb 1942
Salvage work continuing on the sunken battleship USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 25 Feb 1942. Note Arizona’s two after main turrets being pumped out and disassembled.Plan view, forward, of destroyer Helm, Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 25 Feb 1942Plan view, aft, of destroyer Helm, Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 25 Feb 1942Henley at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, United States, 25 Feb 1942

25 Feb 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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