Calendar and Summary for February 1942  
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  Summary of Significant Events for February 1942  
  Admiral Thomas C. Hart, set up the ABDA "Combined Striking Force" and placed them under the tactical command of Dutch Rear Admiral Karel Doorman.  Rear Admiral Karl Dönitz ordered the U-boat fleet to use an improved version of Enigma.  The Reichcommissar of Norway, Josef Terboven, appointed Vidkun Quisling as the new Ministerpresident of the National Socialist regime in Norway.  Major General Joseph W. (Vinegar Joe) Stilwell was appointed Commanding General of all U.S. Army forces in China, Burma, and India as well as being appointed the Chief of Staff of the Army of the Republic of China.  The U.S. Asiatic Fleet commanded by Admiral Thomas C. Hart ceased to exist as a functioning organization.  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the War Shipping Administration.  The Japanese began to cross the Jahore Strait in the first stage of the assault on Singapore.  The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II.  The Kriegsmarine conducted what became known as “The Channel Dash.” The battle cruisers, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, and a number of other smaller vessels transited the English Channel.  Roosevelt authorized the removal of alien and citizen Japanese from the West Coast.  Grand Admiral Erich Raeder had his final interview on Operation Sea Lion with German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and got him to agree to a complete "stand-down."  Japanese paratroopers landed near the oil center Palembang, Sumatra.  Lt. General Arthur E. Percival surrendered to Lt. General Tomoyuki Yamashita as Britain’s “impregnable fortress” at Singapore fell.  An ABDA naval force made an abortive attempt to intercept the Japanese invasion force bound for Palembang, Sumatra.  Japanese forces landed on Bali and occupied the capitol city of Den Pasar.  The Japanese conducted a large bombing raid on Darwin, Australia in what became known as the "Pearl Harbor of Australia."  Philippine President Manuel Quezon, his family, and other officials were evacuated from Corregidor.  A cable from U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordering General Douglas MacArthur’s evacuation from the Philippines reached MacArthur’s Philippine headquarters on Corregidor Island.  Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris was appointed Commander-in-Chief RAF Bomber Command.  Voice of America (VOA) began broadcasting.  The Japanese defeated Allied naval forces in the Battle of the Java Sea.  70 ships (392,161 tons) were sunk and 12 ships (86,919 tons) were damaged by U-boats during February 1942.  
  Events occurring in February 1942 with no specific dates  

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