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30 Apr 1940
  • At Greenock, Scotland, French destroyer Maille Breeze suffered an accidental detonation of two of her torpedoes in the forward section of the ship and sank. 25 men were killed while 48 were wounded. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British minesweeper HMS Dundoon hit a mine at Smith's Knoll near Great Yarmouth and sank, killing 27. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Nikolaus von Falkenhorst was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross medal. ww2dbase [Nikolaus von Falkenhorst | CPC]
  • Firefighters from the US Navy Sixth Naval District fought off a fire that had broken out on the Norwegian tanker Willy, which was carrying a load of aviation gasoline, in the Cooper River off Charleston, South Carolina, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian "Barfile" naval infantry battalion landed on Cephalonia, Greece. ww2dbase [CPC]
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  • A German Heinkel bomber crashed into a house in Clacton, Essex, England, United Kingdom and its mines exploded, killing two civilians and injuring 132 others. They were the first civilian casualties of the war in England. ww2dbase [AC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Apr 1940
Two British soldiers inspecting an unexploded German bomb at the railway station at Grong, near Namsos, Norway, 30 Apr 1940; note Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifles

30 Apr 1940 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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