2 Mar 1942

Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-126 sank Norwegian ship Gunny 370 miles south of Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean at 2047 hours; 14 were killed, 12 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australia
  • Australia declared war on Thailand. ww2dbase [CPC]
Burma
  • Japanese 33rd and 55th Infantry Divisions crossed Sittang River at Kunzeik and Donzayit, Burma, forcing the British 2nd Battalion Royal Tank Regiment to fall back 20 miles as the Japanese troops captured the village of Waw. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Tenryu departed Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Destroyer Yuzuki departed Truk, Caroline Islands with Destroyer Division 23, supporting invasion operations at Lae and Salamaua in New Guinea, northern Solomon Islands, and the Admiralty Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Ceylon
  • USS Marblehead departed Trincomalee, Ceylon. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Naka patrolled off Kragan, Java, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Sailfish sank Japanese transport Kamogawa Maru east of Bali in the Lombok Strait in the Dutch East Indies at 2100 hours, killing 326. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops advancing toward Batavia, Java, Dutch East Indies were halted by Australian troops at Leuwiliang. At Soebang, 250 Dutch troops with 20 tanks attacked Kalidjati airfield, but the attack was repulsed. East of Batavia, Japanese troops captured the oilfields at Tjepoe (now Cepu). As the Japanese troops approached, the Dutch colonial government relocated to Bandoeng, US personnel began evacuation by aircraft, and the Dutch Navy continued to scuttle destroyers, submarines, minesweepers, and other warships at Surabaya to prevent capture. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Conrad Helfrich escaped Java, Dutch East Indies by Catalina aircraft. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Hawaii
  • Joseph Rochefort reported that intercepted Japanese Navy radio messages revealed a planned air attack on a location code named AK, which was soon interpreted as Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Indian Ocean
  • Japanese cruisers Takao and Atago sank US destroyer USS Pillsbury 500 miles south of Java, Dutch East Indies at 2100 hours, all 173 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • Japanese cruiser Maya, destroyer Arashi, and destroyer Nowaki sank British destroyer HMS Stronghold in the Indian Ocean at 1900 hours, killing 75. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
Italy
  • 16 British RAF Wellington bombers from Malta attacked Palermo, Sicily, Italy, destroying ammunition ship Cuma, whose explosion damaged five warships and eight freighters nearby. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan
  • Japanese Navy Minister Admiral Shimada removed previously recognized rules of engagements in naval warfare due to "Allied retaliation and hatred". ww2dbase [CPC]
Pacific Ocean
  • Japanese destroyer Ikazuchi rescued 442 survivors of HMS Exeter, HMS Encounter, and USS Pope which had been sunk during the Second Battle of the Java Sea on the previous day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Perch surfaced at 0200 hours, only to be forced to dive by Japanese destroyers. Her leaking oil and air made the Japanese destroyer to believe she had already broken up, and the Japanese destroyers departed the area. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • Ed Dyess, flying a P-40 fighter, led a raid on Japanese shipping in Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
United States
  • US Navy acquired excursion steamer Seeandbee. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • US Army General John L. DeWitt, responsible for the defense of the west coast of the United States, issued Public Proclamation No. 1 to create Military Areas 1 and 2 which covered the entire length of the coast. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 2 Mar 1942
Japanese bicycle infantry, Java, Mar 1942Ed Dyess celebrating after raid on Subic Bay, Philippines, Mar 1942

2 Mar 1942 Interactive Map

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




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