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30 Mar 1941
  • Construction of defenses for the US Navy base at Palmyra and Jonston Islands began. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • An aircraft carrying British Air Marshal Arthur Tedder crash-landed in the Western Sahara; Tedder was not injured. ww2dbase [Arthur Tedder | CPC]
  • German submarine U-69 sank British ship Coultarn 300 miles southwest of Iceland at 0734 hours, killing 3. 39 survivors were later picked up by British armed merchant cruiser HMS California. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Rorqual sank Italian tanker Laura Corrado 33 miles northwest of Trapani, Sicily, Italy with torpedoes and the deck gun. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Erwin Rommel ordered German 5th Light Division commander General Johannes Streich to capture Mersa Brega, Libya. ww2dbase [Operation Sonnenblume | CPC]
  • Italian submarine Dagabur attacked British cruiser HMS Bonaventure, escorting Allied convoy GA-8, in the Mediterranean Sea between Crete, Greece and Egypt at 2027 hours. The attack failed to damage the British ship. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-124 sank British ship Umona 90 miles southwest of Freetown, Sierra Leone, British West Africa at 2300 hours. 102 were killed and 5 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The British RAF launched 109 aircraft after sundown to attack German cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at Brest, France. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • British-registered steam fishing trawler Niscus (A 318) was presumed lost by enemy aircraft action in Faroese waters. None of her ten crew members were found. ww2dbase [HM]
  • In a lengthy speech in the Cabinet Room of the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Hitler told his assembled commanders of his intention to "exterminate" communism "for all time". ww2dbase [Reich Chancellery | Adolf Hitler | Berlin | AC]
United States
  • At a conference in Washington DC, United States, the US and the United Kingdom agreed on military coordination in the event of US entry into the war. In accordance to another agreement made in the conference, the Americans seized 2 German, 26 Italian, and 35 Danish ships in US ports; 850 Italian and 63 German officers and men were imprisoned. ww2dbase [ABC-1 Conference | Washington | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Mar 1941
Starboard quarter view looking forward showing USS Gar and USS Grampus fitting out, 30 Mar 1941Japanese puppet government in Nanjing celebration the first anniversary of its

30 Mar 1941 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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