Feb 27, 1942
The Battle of the Java Sea began when the ABDA allied naval force attempted to stop the Japanese invasion of Java. Led by Dutch Rear Admiral K.W.F.M Doorman, the allied naval force was decimated in a seven hour battle. Lost in battle were Dutch cruisers Java and De Ruyter (Doorman’s flagship), the British destroyers Electra and Jupiter and the Netherlands destroyer Kortenauer. Communication difficulties played a large part in the defeat and the Japanese invasion continued.
Theater: Pacific Theater
Source: Naval History & Heritage Command