MON 9 FEB 1942
Rear Admiral Emory S. Land, Chief of the Maritime Commission, is appointed Director of the War Shipping Administration. As WSA director, he is responsible only to the President.
Admiral William H. Standley, USN (Ret.), former Chief of Naval Operations (1935-1937), is named Ambassador to the USSR.
Twelve USAAF B-17s are released to Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet for operational control; they will cover the advance of TF 11 (Vice Admiral Wilson Brown Jr.) into the South Pacific.
Transport St. Mihiel (AP-32) is damaged by grounding off MacNamara Point, Alaska.
Submarine Trout (SS-202) torpedoes and sinks Japanese gunboat Chuwa Maru 53 miles off Keelung, Formosa, 25°30'N, 122°38'E.
Japanese carrier Kaga is damaged when she runs aground on an uncharted reef, Palau, Palau Islands.
Japanese transport Kurama Maru is torpedoed and sunk, agent unknown, 28°25'N, 122°03'N.
Japanese destroyer Natsushio, torpedoed by submarine S-37 (SS-142) off Makassar the previous day, sinks.
Japanese planes bomb Batavia, Surabaya, and Malang, Java.
Japanese troops land on Singapore Island.
Transport Lafayette (AP-53) (ex-French liner Normandie) burns at New York pier and capsizes at her berth.
Destroyer Roe (DD-418), at approximately 36°24'N, 74°34'W, rescues 14 survivors from British freighter Ocean Venture, sunk the previous day by German submarine U-108.