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Macassar Strait

Engagement/Skirmish Name : Macassar Strait

Date(s) : 23 January 1942

Part of : Second World War , Asia and Pacific , Japanese initial offensive , Invasion of the Dutch East Indies ,

Outcome : A victory for American naval forces over Japanese Imperial Navy

Type of battle : Sea


A small force of 4 American destroyers surprised the Japanese during their landings on Balikpapan. They approached after dark, sank 1 warship and 4 troop transports and retired with little damage.