WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, February 17, 1942:
Britain: Commons debate on escape of German battlecruisers from Brest. Churchill announces setting up of commission of inquiry under Mr Justice Bucknill.
Singapore: Japanese rename Singapore, Skonun (‘Light of the South’).
Pacific: Japanese submarine I-25 launches diminutive Yokosuka seaplane for reconnaissance flight over Sydney (similar flights over Melbourne, Hobart and Wellington, February 26 – March 8).