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On This Day in History - February 27, 1942

February 27, 1942 #OTD World War II: Battle of the Java Sea The dutch light cruiser HNLMS de Ruyter the flagship of Dutch Rear-Admiral Karel Doorman, with his flag captain Eugène Lacomblé (who had previously served on board the ship as a lieutenant) is hit by a single Type 93 torpedo fired by the Japanese heavy cruiser Haguro at about 23:40 and is set on fire; the torpedo disables the ship's electrical systems and left the crew unable to combat the fire or the flooding. The De Ruyter sank at about 02:30 the next morning with the loss of 367 men, including Admiral Karel Doorman and Captain Eugéne Lacomblé.

On This Day in History - February 27, 1942

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