16 Mar 1942
  • Italian submarine Morosini sank Dutch tanker Oscilla 145 miles northeast of Antigua; 4 were killed, 51 survived. At 1824 hours, German submarine U-504 sank British ship Stangarth 300 miels north of San Juan, Puerto Rico on her maiden voyage, killing all 46 aboard. German submarine U-332 sank US tanker Australia 20 kilometers off North Carolina, United States at 1955 hours; 4 were killed, 36 survived. To the northeast, U-404 sank British tanker San Demetrio 60 kilometers east of Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States. At 2317 hours, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, U-68 sank British ship Baron Newlands 6 miles south of Cape Palmas, Liberia; 18 were killed, 20 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese aircraft raided Darwin, Australia. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Begonia was loaned to the US Navy and was renamed USS Impulse. ww2dbase [AC]
Hawaii
  • A number of US B-26 Marauder bombers were launched from the US Territory of Hawaii for Brisbane, Australia. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Malaya
  • Japanese massacred the entire village of Parit Tinggi, Negeri Sembilan in Malaya; more than 100 were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Philippines
  • USS Permit arrived at Corregidor in the Philippine Islands, delivering ammunition and evacuated 36 US Navy cryptanalysts. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 2 B-17 Flying Fortress bombers (Lieutenant Frank Bostrom and Captain Bill Lewis) flew from Batchelor Field, Darwin, Australia to Mindanao, Philippine Islands to pick up Douglas MacArthur. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 46 radio intelligence personnel were evacuated from the US Navy Station CAST facility at Corregidor island, Philippine Islands. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Poland
  • Belzec Concentration Camp was established in occupied Poland for the purpose of holding and exterminating Jews from Lublin and Galicia. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Singapore
  • Japanese killed 142 civilians, mostly ethnic Chinese, in Tanjong Kling, Malacca in Malaya. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Soviet ambassador in London, England, United Kingdom expressed wish for a second front in Europe. ww2dbase [CPC]

16 Mar 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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