Russian Front, Russian southern armies launched new, offensive.
Heavy fighting continued in Smolensk, Staraya Russa,. and
Far East, Japanese invaders of Java advanced to Soebang and
Blora. Japanese claimed to have bombed wireless station and
naval base at Christmas Island.
In the Atlantic, U-boat shelled island of Mona, in the Caribbean
Sea. The first offensive against the Caribbean refineries
was organised under the command of Commander Werner Hartenstein
The first three U-boats launched simultaneous attacks on 16
sank crude oil tankers Tia Juana and San Nicholas between
Lake Maracaibo and Aruba. U-67
entered Willemstad harbour on Curaçao and torpedoed
three oil tankers. The four torpedoes from the bow tubes were
duds, but the stern tube torpedoes sank Rafaela. U-156
entered San Nicolas harbour on Aruba and torpedoed oil tankers
Pedernales, Oranjestad and Arkansas. U-156
then attempted to shell the Aruba refinery with its 10.5 cm
SK C/32 naval gun, but the gun barrel burst when the first
shell exploded because the gun crew failed to remove the tampion.
The Germans slightly damaged a large storage tank. A Venezuelan
gunboat, General Urdaneta, assisted in rescuing the crews
of several torpedoed vessels, and A-20 Havoc light bombers
and DB-7 Douglas Boston light bombers attacked all three U-boats
unsuccessfully. As result an increased American occupation
of the island began for its protection.
entered Trinidad's Gulf of Paria on 18
to torpedo Mokihama and the oil tanker British
Consul. As the U-boats settled into routine patrolling, U-67
torpedoed oil tankers J.N.Pew and Penelope, U-502
torpedoed oil tankers Kongsgaard, Thallia and Sun, U-156
torpedoed Delplata and oil tanker La Carriere, U-161
torpedoed Lihue and oil tankers Circle Shell, Uniwaleco and
Esso Bolivar; and U-129
torpedoed George L. Torrain, West Zeda, Lennox, Bayou, Mary,
Steel Age and the oil tanker Nordvangen. The U-156
crew used hacksaws to cut off the damaged portion of the gun
barrel; and, when U-156
ran out of torpedoes, used their cut down deck gun to sink
Macgregor and the oil tanker Oregon. On 10
March 1942 U-161
entered Castries harbour on Saint Lucia to torpedo Lady Nelson
and Umtata. After leaving Saint Lucia, U-161
torpedoed Sarniadoc and sank the United States Coast Guard
lighthouse tender Acacia with gunfire.
Downing Street announced hat General Wavell would resume his
command as Commander-In-Chief of India.
Fifth Air Force. 5 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17
Flying Fortress heavy bombers and 3 LB-30 bombers the last
aeroplane taking off just before midnight evacuate the last
260 men from Jogjakarta, the last airfields on Java in Allied
hands. Ground forces are within 20 miles at this time. Bataan
based P-40 fighters attack shipping in Subic Bay. The pilots
claim considerable damage to the ships, but 4 of the few P-40
fighters remaining on Bataan are lost.
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