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6 May 1941
  • ww2dbase [Campaigns in the Middle East | CPC]
  • German submarines U-103 and U-105 sank 3 more British freighters off Sierra Leone, British West Africa, killing 12; the crew of U-103 stopped to help the survivors righting a listing lifeboat. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British submarines HMS Taku and HMS Truant sank Italian ship Bengasi off Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The German 8th Panzer Regiment arrived in North Africa. ww2dbase [Operation Sonnenblume | CPC]
  • P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft took its maiden flight. ww2dbase [P-47 Thunderbolt | CPC]
  • General Bernard Freyberg received intelligence that the Germans were likely to launch a large airborne assault on Crete, Greece on 17 May; he would continue to expect the invasion to come from the beaches rather than the sky, however. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | CPC]
  • Polish doctor Zygmunt Klukowski noted in his diary that, on this date, he observed Germans conscripting Polish civilians to build military airfields and air raid bunkers even though there was no active war in Eastern Europe. ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarine U-97 sank British ocean boarding vessel HMS Camito and recently captured Italian tanker Sangro 500 miles west of Ireland, killing 28. ww2dbase [CPC]
Greenland
  • The US Coast Guard South Greenland Survey Expedition led by Lieutenant Commander William E. Sinton began a survey of the future Bluie West Eight airfield site in Greenland. ww2dbase [Bluie West Eight | CPC]
United States
  • Henry Stimson, the United States Secretary for War, made a surprise statement by telling his countrymen that the United States must use its fleet to ensure the triumph of democracy. ww2dbase [Henry Stimson | AC]
Photo(s) dated 6 May 1941
USS Grayback during her shakedown cruise, Long Island Sound, United States, 6 May 1941

6 May 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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