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12 Jun 1941
  • Men of the US Naval Reserve were called to active duty. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British cruiser HMS Sheffield sank German tanker Friedrich Breme with shellfire in the Atlantic Ocean; 2 were killed 86 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Indian and Free French forces under French General Paul Legentilhomme captured Deraa, Sheikh Meskine, and Ezraa in southwestern French Mandate of Syria and the Lebanon, but were held up Kissou├ę. ww2dbase [Campaigns in the Middle East | CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Taku sank Italian ship Silvio Scaroni 70 miles west of Benghazi, Libya; Italian torpedo boats Pallade and Polluce counterattacked without success. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Torbay sank Italian schooner Gesue E Maria off the island of Skiros, Greece. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Dutch submarine O.24 sank Italian tanker Fianona and auxiliary patrol ship Carloforte 10 miles north of the island of Elba, Italy. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-48 sank British ship Empire Dew in the North Atlantic; 23 were killed, 18 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-371 sank British ship Silverpalm in the North Atlantic, killing the entire crew of 68. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-558 sank British ship Susan M├Žrsk (all 24 aboard killed) and Norwegian tanker Ranella (all 29 aboard survived) in the North Atlantic. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-552 sank British ship Chinese Prince west of Ireland; 45 were killed 19 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German heavy cruiser L├╝tzow, light cruiser Emden, light cruiser Leipzig, and destroyers passed through the Kattegat between Denmark and Sweden. ww2dbase [Deutschland | CPC]
  • The South African Air Force embarked on its first combat mission in North Africa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Maggiore Baracca departed Bordeaux, France at 0904 hours and arrived at Le Verdon-sur-Mer, France mid-day; she then returned to Bordeaux at 1947 hours. ww2dbase [Maggiore Baracca | Bordeaux, Aquitaine | CPC]
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  • HMS Rodney arrived at Boston Navy Yard in Massachusetts, United States to commence a refit. She would remain in Boston for one month. Many crewmembers stayed with local Boston families during the refit. ww2dbase [Boston Navy Yard | Rodney | Boston, Massachusetts | DS]

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