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RAN February 27, 1942

Location
The Java Sea borders Borneo to the north, Java to the south, Sumatra to the west, and Sulawesi (Celebes) to the east. The Karimata Strait to the northwest links to the South China Sea.

Battle of the Java Sea
During February 27-28, 1942 was the Battle of the Java Sea, a three day / three battle engagement. The second phase occurred during the afternoon of February 27, 19412 south southwest of Bawean Island, known as the Second Battle of the Java Sea (Battle of Bawean Island). During the engagement, American, British, Dutch and Australian vessels were defeated by the Japanese Navy. The Allies lost almost their entire fleet. A few WWI four stack destroyers miraculously got away before the battle ended, having been ordered out of the fray when their armament and fuel was exhausted.

HMS Electra (H27)
During the Battle of the Java Sea, in afternoon of February 27, 1942 sunk by gunfire from IJN destroyers. Shipwreck discovered August 19, 2003.

Hr. Ms. Kortenaer
During the Battle of the Java Sea, in the afternoon of February 27, 1942 sunk by a torpedo fired from Harugo. Shipwreck discovered August 12, 2004.

HMS Jupiter (F85)
During the Battle of the Java Sea, in the evening of February 27, 1942 sunk by a Dutch mine. Shipwreck known prior to 2002, discoverers unknown.

Hr. Ms. Java
During the Battle of the Java Sea around midnight of February 27, 1942 sunk by a torpedo fired from Nachi. Shipwreck discovered December 1, 2002.

Hr. Ms. De Ruyter
During the Battle of the Java Sea around midnight of February 27, 1942 sunk by a torpedo fired from Harugo. Shipwreck discovered December 1, 2002.

HMS Exeter (68)
Sunk late morning of March 1, 1942 by gunfire and two torpedo from Inazuma and scuttling. Shipwreck discovered February 21, 2007.

HMS Encounter (H10)
Sunk late morning of March 1, 1942 by gunfire and scuttling. Shipwreck discovered February 21, 2007.

USS Pope (DD-225)
Sunk early afternoon, March 1, 1942 by D3A Val dive bombers, gunfire and scuttling. Shipwreck discovered December 2008.

USS Perch SS-176
Scuttled March 3, 1942. Shipwreck discovered November 23, 2006.

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Last Updated
June 15, 2019

 

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