Events occurring on Thursday, February 25, 1943  
  The Air War Over Europe  
  The Allies started their new strategy of “round-the-clock bombing” as the U.S. Army Air Forces hit Germany during the daylight and RAF bombers struck at night. In the next two days, more than 2,000 sorties would strike German targets.  
  The Holocaust  
  A ghetto was established in the Greek port of Salonika for all of the city’s Jews.  
  The Axis POW Experiences  
  A sit-in of 240 prisoners, who refused to work, occurred at the Featherston POW camp in New Zealand. During the event Japanese Lt. Adachi was shot and wounded by the camp adjutant. This led to the prisoners either charging or appearing to charge the guards, who opened fire with rifles and sub-machine guns. Thirty seconds later 31 prisoners were dead, with another 17 dying later of their injuries and 74 wounded. On the New Zealand side, a ricochet from a burst of the gunfire killed one and wounded six. A military court of enquiry exonerated the New Zealanders. It found that there were cultural differences in the camp, which led to the deadly actions and needed to be addressed. Among the issues was that the Japanese did not know that under the Third Geneva Convention compulsory work was allowed.  
  On the Home Front  
  The Office of Strategic Services issued this notice to visitors coming to London on OSS business: “London Information: Every traveler as soon as he reaches London should go to No. 3 Grosvenor Square and apply for a membership card to the No. 3 Grosvenor Square Club. There are no fees to belong to this club. The atmosphere is very congenial, the bar good, and the food—considering the local situation—pretty fair and the prices reasonable.” The "local situation" was one of severe rationing and nightly bombing.  
  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 light fleet carrier USS Princeton (CVL 23) was commissioned. Her first commander was Captain George R. Henderson.  
  The destroyer USS Endicott (DD 495) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Wilton S. Heald.  
  The submarine U-965 was commissioned. Her first commander was Oberleutnant zur See Klaus Ohling.  
  February 1943 Calendar  
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