Events occurring on Thursday, January 8, 1942  
  Strategic Conferences  
  The First Washington Conference, codenamed Arcadia, continued between U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and their staffs. The discussions would result in a formal American commitment to the "Germany First" strategy. In addition, the United States and Britain would agree to form a Combined Chiefs of Staff as the supreme body for Allied war planning and to confer regularly in Washington. The Anglo-American allies also would agree that there should be one supreme commander directing operations in each theater.  
  Japanese Submarine Warfare  
  A small reconnaissance seaplane from the submarine IJN I-19 reconnoitered Pearl Harbor.  
  The Nisei - Japanese Americans in WW2  
  Admiral John W. Greenslade, Commandant of the Navy's Twelfth Naval District, urged that American-born and alien Japanese be excluded from areas of strategic importance.  
  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 destroyer HMS Airedale (L 07) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Archibald G. Forman.  
  The Australian minesweeper HMAS Whyalla (J 153) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Leslie N. Morison.  
  The submarine U-604 was commissioned. Her first commander was Kapitänleutnant Horst Höltring.  
  The submarine U-660 was commissioned. Her first commander was Kapitänleutnant Götz Baur.  
  January 1942 Calendar  
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