25 Feb 1944
  • Battleship Musashi was reassigned to the Second Fleet. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Hoe sank Japanese tanker Nissho Maru with a night time surfaced torpedo attack. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Tang sank Japanese transport Echizen Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki arrived at Palau Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • A British Catalina aircraft sank German submarine U-601 near Allied convoy JW-57; all 51 aboard were killed. On the same day, U-990 sank destroyer HMS Mahratta 320 kilometers off North Cape, Norway at 2055 hours; 220 were killed, 16 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Bruce Fraser was awarded Soviet Order of Suvorov, First Class. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian New Guinea
  • The supply depot on the coast near Kokopo, New Britain was bombarded by US destroyers for 30 minutes starting at about 2330 hours; a warehouse was damaged by fires. 2,000 5-inch shells were expended by the US Navy on this bombardment. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Five Italian motor torpedo boats attacked the Allied beachhead at Anzio, Italy before dawn, causing no damage and suffering no losses. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Assigned to the Second Fleet, Yamato was drydocked at Kure, Japan to receive upgrades. Two beam triple 6.1 inch (155-mm) turrets were to be removed and replaced by six (3x2) 5-inch (127-mm) HA AA mounts. Twenty-four (8x3) and 26 single 25mm AA mounts were to be added. Shelters were also added on the upper deck for the increased AA crews. Type 13 air search and Type 22 Mod 4 surface search/gunnery control radars were to be installed. The main mast was to be altered. Two 150-mm searchlights were to be removed (later installed ashore at Kure, Japan). Yamato was to be fitted with Type 2 infrared (IR) Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF)/signaling devices mounted midway up on each side of the bridge; the system might had been based on the German Seehund IR device, built around a telescopic sensor that received light-waves in the IR range and registered a readout in the radio shack. The IFF system also included a pair of 20-mm binoculars coaxially mounted with the transmitting IR lamp on the bridge so that another ship could use the IR detector for elementary signaling or as a formation light for station keeping. About this time, Yamato was also fitted with multiple E27 radar detectors copied from the German FuMB 1 Metox R.600. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Landing ship No. 129 was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The keel of landing ship No. 132 was laid down by Kawanami Kogyo. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • USS Grayback sank tanker Nanho Maru and damaged freighter Asama Maru. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

25 Feb 1944 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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