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Madoera Strait

Engagement/Skirmish Name : Madoera Strait

Date(s) : 04 February 1942

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

Outcome : A victory for Imperial Japanese Forces over Combined US and Dutch naval squadron

Type of battle : Sea, Air


Japanese aircraft attacked and badly damaged a combined American and Dutch naval squadron. Japanese casualties were light but the US crusiers Marblehead and Houston were both badly damaged, seriously reducing the already small allied naval presence in the area.