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January 8, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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USN: USS John Penn is acquired by the U.S. Navy (USN) as a transport and cargo vessel. Lost is TBD-1 Devastator 0371 from USS Saratoga (CV-3) off Hawaii.

RAN: Commissioned is HMAS Whyalla (J153).

IJN: Shōkaku departs Hashirajima in Hiroshima Bay as part of Admiral Nagumo's Strike Force bound for Truk to stage for "Operation R" the planned invasion of Rabaul and Kavieng.

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