Timelines!   1941

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December, 1941



-Dec 7-

-Six aircraft carriers (Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu, Soryu, Shokaku, Zuikaku) launch 365 aircraft in two waves to attack the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor Hawaii. The main target, the US battleships are hit hard.
-USS Arizona (BB-39) is hit by 8 bombs, one of which explodes in the forward magazines, sinking the ship and killing 1,177 men.
-USS Oklahoma (BB-37) is hit by 5 torpedoes and capsizes with the loss of 415 men. Although she is raised by May, 1943 she is never repaired and is lost at sea on May 17,1947.
-USS West Virginia (BB-48) is hit by 7 torpedoes and 2 bombs, Quick work by damage control keeps her from capsizing like Oklahoma, but she is out of action until July,1944
-USS California (BB-44) hit by 2 bombs and settles to the bottom with 98 dead and 61 wounded. The ship is refloated March 25,1942 and rebuilt, rejoining the fleet January 31,1944
-USS Tenessee (BB-43) hit by 2 bombs and not seriously damaged, but she was trapped at her berth by the sinking West Virginia. Burning oil from the sunken Arizona severely warped the hull plating aft. Repairs were completed by February, 1942
-USS Nevada (BB-36), the only battleship to get under way durning the attack, is hit by 2 torpedoes and at least 4 bombs. She is beached to prevent sinking with 60 dead and 109 wounded. Refloated in February, 1942
-USS Pennsylvannia (BB-38) is in Drydock and hit by only 1 bomb. She was sevearly damaged by explosions of destroyers Cassin and Downs moored ahead of her. She had 29 dead and 38 wounded, rejoining the fleet in March, 1942
-USS Maryland (BB-46) is hit by 2 bombs, and is repaired by February, 1942
-USS Raleigh (CL-7) is hit portside amidships by a torpedo. Repairs are completed by June, 1942. She suffers only a few wounded
-USS Shaw (DD-373) in a floating drydock is hit by 3 bombs, at 0930 her forward magazine explodes, sinking the ship and dock. Repairs took until June, 1942
-USS Cassin (DD-372) In Drydock with Downes and Pennsylvania. She was not hit, but slipped off her blocks when Downes exploded. With her hull gutted by fire, she was stripped and a new hull was built with repairs complete by February, 1944
-USS Downes (DD-375) is hit by a bomb that explodes in her fuel tanks, causing a severe fire that guts the ship. She is rebuilt and rejoins the fleet in November,1943
-USS Oglala (CM-4) capsized when a torpedo exploded against Honolulu. Refloated late in 1942 she was rebuilt as a repair ship, rejoining the fleet in February, 1944
-USS Utah (AG-16) capsizes after being torpedoed with 64 dead
-US Cargo ship S/S Cynthia Olsen (2140grt) is sunk by gunfire from I-26, 1000 nm NE of Hawaii (34N 145W)

-Dec 8-

-HMS Peterel (T.21) is sunk in Shanghai Harbor by gunfire from Idzumo
-USS Wake (PR-3) is captured at Shanghai by Japanese Army troops. She becomes the Karatsu and is returned post war
-USS Penguin (AM-33) is scuttled off Guam after being damaged by Japanese aircraft
-USS Robert Barnes (AG-27) is sunk off Guam by Japanese aircraft
-USAT Royal T Frank (632grt) torpedoed by I-172 2nm W of Maui (20.34N 155.43W)

-Dec.9-

-Panamanian cargo ship M/S Donerail (4473grt) sunk by gunfire from I-10 (08N 152W)

-Dec.10-

-HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse are sunk by Japanese aircraft off Khota Bhuru,Malaya
-I-70 (*Cdr Takao Sano) is sunk by a SBD from USS Enterprise (CV-6) 23.45N 155.35W. All hands lost
-W-10 (AM) is sunk by US Army aircraft off Viga, Luzon (17.32N 120.22E)
-W-19 (AM) is sunk by US Army aircraft off Appari, Luzon (18.22N 121.38E)
-USS Sealion (SS-195) is badly damaged by 2 bombs from Japanese aircraft at Cavite,Philippines. She is scuttled there on December 25
-USS Bittern (AM-36) is sunk by Japanese aircraft at Cavite, Philippines
-British cargo ship S/S Hareldwin (1523grt) torpedoed by I-124 west of Luzon

-Dec.11-

-Kisaragi (*LtCdr Yoichiro Ogawa) is sunk by US Marine Aircraft 30 miles SW of Wake No survivors
-Hayate (*LtCdr Minoru Takatsuka) is sunk off Wake Is by Marine shore batteries. No survivors
-US cargo ship S/S Lahania (5645grt) is torpedoed by I-9 (27.42N 147.38W)
-Norwegian cargo ship S/S Hai Tung (1187grt) sunk by gunfire from I-156 (05.08N 104.32E)

-Dec. 12-

-HMS Moth (T.69) is scuttled at Hong Kong after being damaged by Japanese aircraft.
-HMS Tamar scuttled at Hong Kong

-Dec. 13-

-HMS Cornflower sunk by Japanese aircraft at Hong Kong
-HMS Kampar sunk at Hong Kong

-Dec. 14-

-Norwegian cargo ship S/S Hoegh Merchant (4858grt) is torpedoed by I-4, 29nm off Cape Makapuu

-Dec. 15-

-HMNS O-16 is sunk by mine in the Gulf of Siam

-Dec. 16-

-HMS Thracian (D.86) wrecked in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong. Raised and repaired as Patrol Boat 101
-HMS MTB-8 sunk at Hong Kong

-Dec.17-

-RO-66 (LtCdr Hideyuki Kurakawa) is sunk in collision with RO-62 off Wake Is
-British ship S/S Corregidor (1881grt) sunk by mine laid by I-124 in Manila Bay
-US cargo ship S/S Manini (3253grt) torpedoed by I-175, 180nm south of Hawaii

-Dec.18-

-Shinonome (*Cdr Sasegawa Hiroshi) sunk by torpedo by a Dutch flying boat off Miri Boreno. 228 dead. No survivors

-Dec.19-

-While attacking Japanese landing craft, HMS MTB-12 and HMS MTB-26 are sunk by gunfire at Hong Kong
-HMNS O-20 is sunk by Uranami off Khota Baru
-With Japanese troops close, several Royal Navy ships are scuttled at Hong Kong. They are HMS Barlight, HMS Watergate, HMS Redstart
-US cargo ship S/S Prusa (5113grt) torpedoed by I-172 150nm south of Hawaii

-Dec.20-

-US tanker S/S Emidio (6912grt) is torpedoed by I-17 (40.30N 125.00E)

-Dec.21-

-HMNS K-XVII is sunk in the same minefield as O-16
-HMS Cicala (T.71) sunk by Japanese aircraft at Hong Kong

-Dec.23-

-In the final assualt of Wake Is, Patrol Boat 32 and Patrol Boat 33 are run ashore as landing craft and are lost.
-US tanker S/S Montebello (8272grt) torpedoed by I-21 (35.30N 121.15W)

-Dec.24-

-Sagiri ( Cdr Koichi Sugioka) is torpedoed by Dutch submarine HMNS K-16 off Kuching, Sawarak (01.34S 110.37E) 121 dead and 120 survivors
-HMNS K-17 torpedoed by I-166 north of Api (02.30N 109.50E)

-Dec.25-

-HMS Robin (T.21) is scuttled at Hong Kong

-Dec.26-

-W-6 (AM) is sunk by Dutch aircraft off Kuching, Sawarak (01.34S 110.21E)
-Last British warships are scuttled at Hong Kong. HMS MTB-7, HMS MTB-9, HMS MTB-10, HMS MTB-11, HMS MTB-27. At least one of these was salved and incorporated into the Japanese Navy

-Dec.29-

-RO-60 is wrecked in Kwajalein Atoll (09.00N 167.30E) No Casualties