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7 Jun 1940
  • French armed merchant cruiser Ville D'Oran arrived at Casablanca in French Morocco with 212 tons of gold from the French reserves. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Rommel's troops marched down the French coast toward Rouen, while Kleist's troops were held up by French defensive lines between Amiens and Péronne. ww2dbase [Invasion of France and the Low Countries | CPC]
  • Between midnight and 0330 hours, at about 10 miles north of Ireland, German submarine U-48 sank British ship Francis Massey (killing 33 and sinking 7,500 tons of iron ore) and damaged British ship Eros (no deaths). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland arrived Freetown, British West Africa (now Sierra Leone). ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
  • Flying Officer Edgar Kain DFC, the first five-victory fighter ace of the RAF in WW2 was killed in a flying accident in Échemines, France. ww2dbase [Échemines, Champagne-Ardenne | AC]
Germany Norway
  • King Haakon VII of Norway, Crown Prince Olav, and members of the Norwegian government departed Tromsø in Northern Norway at 2000 hours aboard British cruiser HMS Devonshire. They were headed for Britain. ww2dbase [Haakon VII | Tromsø, Troms og Finnmark | TH]
  • The troop transports of British Group II arrived at Narvik, Norway and embarked 5,200 men overnight. Out at sea, troop transports of Group I which had departed Narvik on the previous day were spotted by German aircraft, but they were mis-identified as empty supply ships heading back to Britain, thus spared from attack. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | TH, CPC]
  • British pilots without proper carrier landing training safely landed 10 Gladiator and 8 Hurricane aircraft aboard HMS Glorious, completing the evacuation of 46 and 263 Squadrons RAF from Norway. ww2dbase [Invasion of Denmark and Norway | Glorious | AC]
  • Emden departed Oslo, Norway. ww2dbase [Emden | Oslo, Østlandet | CPC]

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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