12 Mar 1942
  • Tirpitz arrived at Trondheim, Norway. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Tatsuta Maru departed Wake Island. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • USS Pollack attacked a Japanese cargo ship between Taiwan and the Japanese home islands with one torpedo; the torpedo missed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-158 sank US tanker John D. Gill off North Carolina, United States, killing 4. To the south, in the Bahamas, U-126 sank US freighters Texan at 0234 hours (9 were killed, 38 survived) and Olga at 0611 hours (1 was killed, 32 survived) and damaged US freighter Colabee. 520 miles northeast of the British Virgin Islands, Italian submarine Morosini sank British freighter Manaqui. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Troops of US Americal Division occupied French colony of New Caledonia in the South Pacific, where a major base at Nouméa was planned to be built in the near future. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British authorities evacuated the Andaman Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • US Army Lieutenant General Joseph Stilwell was named the commander of American forces in the CBI theater. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Captain Henry Goodwin led a flight of 4 B-17 Flying Fortress bombers from Batchelor Field, Darwin, Australia to Mindanao, Philippine Islands to embark Douglas MacArthur. 3 aircraft would be turned back due to mechanical troubles (1 of these 3 would crash on the return trip). The lone aircraft that made it (1st Lieutenant Harl Pease, Jr.) was judged to be in too poor of shape to embark MacArthur, and was sent back to Australia by Brigadier General William Sharp. ww2dbase [CPC]
Dutch East Indies
  • Naka arrived at Makassar, Celebes, Dutch East Indies. ww2dbase [Main Article | Tabular Record of Movement | CPC]
  • On Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, Japanese troops landed at Sabang at 0235 hours, Koetaradja at 0330 hours, Idi at 0540, and Laboehanroekoe at 0700 hours. They would capture the airfield at Medan in the morning. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British General Sitwell, Australian Brigadier Blackburn, and US Colonel Searle formally surrendered to Japanese General Maruyama at Bandung, Java, Dutch East Indies at 0730 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Jonathan Wainwright took over command in the Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Allied convoy PQ-12 arrived at Murmansk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • In the United States, The Portland Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank Evacuee Property Department was established in response to President Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066. The branch was to assist Japanese-Americans in disposing property holdings and to protect against fraud, forced sales, and unscrupulous creditors. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Mar 1942
Map noting the operations of the Japanese Navy First Air Fleet/Carrier Striking Force, 7 Dec 1941-12 Mar 1942

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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