25 Mar 1942
  • US Navy Admiral King ordered a base to be established at Efate, New Hebrides. ww2dbase [Ernest King | CPC]
  • The US 1st Marine Brigade (Provisional) arrived in New York, United States from Iceland; the unit was disbanded immediately upon arrival. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Kurt Fricke was awarded Order of the Cross of Liberty 1st Class with Oak Leaves and Swords of Finland. ww2dbase [Kurt Frike | CPC]
Arctic Ocean
  • Allied convoy PQ-9 ran into a storm west of Norway; ice accumulated on British whaler/minesweeper HMS Sulla (FY1874), causing her to gain too much top weight, eventually capsizing her; all 21 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Arctic Convoys | Norwegian Sea | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-552 attacked Norwegian tanker Ocana 100 kilometers southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada at 0413 hours; 53 were killed, 4 survived; Ocana would remain afloat and burning for several days until scuttled by gunfire. At 0609 hours, U-105 sank British tanker Narragansett 400 miles east of Hampton Roads, Virginia, United States, killing all 49 aboard. Far out to sea, 530 miles east of Newfoundland, U-94 attacked British tanker Imperial Transport, causing the crew to abandon ship, but the men would reboard the ship by 2030 hours and continue the journey. ww2dbase [Second Happy Time | CPC]
  • The main Japanese offensive against Taungoo, Burma began at 0800 hours, striking northern, western, and southern sides of the city nearly simultaneously. Fierce house-to-house fighting would continue through the night. ww2dbase [Invasion of Burma | CPC]
  • 254 RAF Bomber Command aircraft (192 Wellington, 26 Stirling, 20 Manchester, 9 Hampden, and 7 Lancaster aircraft) attacked Krupp iron works and factories at Essen, Germany; 5 civilians were killed, 11 were wounded. The British lost 5 Manchester, 3 Wellington, and 1 Hampden aircraft. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | Essen | CPC]
Hawaii Japan Pacific Ocean
  • USS Permit fired three torpedoes at a Japanese transport in the Dutch East Indies; all three torpedoes missed. ww2dbase [Permit | CPC]
  • USS Grayback fired a torpedo a Japanese patrol vessel in the Philippine Sea off Ryukyu Islands, Japan; the torpedo missed. ww2dbase [Grayback | Philippine Sea | CPC]
  • The Soviet patrol boat CKA-121 was sunk by coastal batteries, off Streletskaya Bay, Sevastopol, Russia. ww2dbase [Sevastopol | HM]
United States

25 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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