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.