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6 Jun 1941
  • Aircraft from HMS Eagle sank German blockade runner Elbe in the South Atlantic. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hitler implemented the Kommissarbefehl, or Commissar Order, which would bring about the summary execution of any captured Soviet political commissars; this order would be ignored by most German Army commanders. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The British Air Ministry issued a contract to Avro for the supply of 454 Lancaster Mk I heavy bombers powered by four Merlin XX engines, plus two prototype Lancaster Mk II fitted with four Bristol Hercules VI engines. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Italian submarine Marconi sank British ship Baron Lovat (the entire crew survived) and Swedish ship Taberg (15 killed) 350 miles west of Gibraltar. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-106 sank British ship Sacramento Valley 250 miles west of Cape Verde Islands at 0503 hours; 3 were killed, 39 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-43 sank Dutch ship Yselhaven 930 miles northwest of the Azores at 2024 hours; 24 were killed, 10 survived. Three hours later at 2325 hours, 630 miles northwest of the Azores, U-48 sank British ship Tregarthen, killing all 45 aboard. ww2dbase [CPC]
British Palestine
  • RAF fighters shot down a French 167F bomber over Palestine. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 6 Jun 1941
German prisoners under British guard, Crete, Greece, 6 Jun 1941A crashed German glider with two of its occupants lying dead alongside, Crete, Greece, 6 Jun 1941Ante Pavelić and Joachim von Ribbentrop in Salzburg, German occupied Austria, 6 Jun 1941

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




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