Events occurring on Monday, December 21, 1942  
  The Burma Campaign  
  British troops crossed the Burmese border from India, captured Alethangyaw, and headed southeast towards Akyab.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  A straggler from Convoy ONS-152, the British steam merchant Montreal City was torpedoed and sunk by the U-591, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Hans-Jürgen Zetzsche, northeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. All of the ship’s complement of 39 died. The 3,066 ton Montreal City was carrying general cargo, including china clay and was bound for New York, New York. For more information on these vessels visit the Montreal City and the U-591 pages on www.uboat.net.  
   
  Naval Action in the Mediterranean  
  Sailing with Convoy KMF-5, the British troop transport Strathallan was torpedoed and sunk by the U-562, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Horst Hamm, approximately 40 miles north of Oran, Algeria in the western Mediterranean Sea. Of the ship’s complement and passengers, 11 died and 5111 survived. The 23,722 ton Strathallan was carrying troops and military stores and was bound for Algiers, Algeria. For more information on these vessels visit the Strathallan and the U-562 pages on www.uboat.net . The Strathallan was one of the largest ships sunk by a U-boat during the war.  
   
  Allied Submarine Warfare in the Pacific  
  The submarine USS Seadragon (SS-194), commanded by Lt. Commander William E. Ferrall, torpedoed and sank the submarine IJN I-4 between New Britain and New Ireland while it was proceeding to Guadalcanal with supplies.  
   
  The submarine USS S-35 (SS 140), commanded by Lt. H.S. Monroe, was damaged by an electrical fire while on patrol off Amchitka, Aleutians. The fire was caused by a huge amount seawater entering the control room through the conning tower hatch due to extreme weather conditions. The USS S-35 was forced to break off her patrol.  
   
  The Southwest Pacific Theater  
  The Japanese army cargo ship Hakuyo Maru was sunk by aircraft (nationality unspecified) near Rabaul, New Britain.  
   
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The escort carrier HMS Stalker (D 91) was commissioned. Her first commander was Captain Harry S. Murray-Smith.  
   
  The frigate HMS Lagan (K 259) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Albert Ayre.  
   
  The minesweeper USS Starling (AM 64) was commissioned.  
   
  The submarine HMS Sportsman (P 229) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Richard Gatehouse.  
   
  The submarine U-277 was commissioned. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Robert Lübsen.  
   
  The submarine U-487 was commissioned. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Helmut Metz.  
     
   
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