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Today in World War II History—Mar. 1, 1942

HMS Exeter under attack during the Second Battle of the Java Sea, 1 Mar 1942 (Japanese Navy Photo)

HMS Exeter under attack, Battle of the Java Sea, 1 Mar 1942 (Japanese Navy Photo)

75 Years Ago—Mar. 1, 1942: In the Battle of Sunda Strait off Java, Japanese ships sink heavy cruiser USS Houston, light cruiser HMAS Perth, and Dutch destroyer Evertsen; US ships sink 6 Japanese transports and other ships.

In Battle of the Java Sea, Japanese cruisers sink heavy cruiser HMS Exeter and destroyers HMS Encounter and USS Pope.

Off Newfoundland, a PBO Hudson bomber sinks U-656, the first U-boat sunk by the US Navy in WWII.

“Command Performance” radio show premieres from New York, starring Eddie Cantor taking requests from servicemen.