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30 Jun 1941
  • Werner Mölders shot down three Soviet bombers, bringing his total score to 82 victories and surpassing the record set by Manfred von Richthofen, "Red Baron", during WW1. ww2dbase [Werner Mölders | CPC]
  • The active duty strength of the US Marine Corps was reported to be 3,339 officers and 51,020 enlisted men for the total of 54,359. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Handley Page Halifax bomber made its first daylight operation during a raid on Kiel, Germany but it did not take long to discover that its defensive armament was inadequate for daylight use and by the end of the year Halifax bombers were only used on night raids. ww2dbase [Halifax | AC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Maggiore Baracca arrived at her assigned patrol position in the Atlantic Ocean at 0630 hours. At 1045 hours, orders for new patrol areas were sent to Italian submarines Luigi Torelli, Morosini, Comandante Cappellini, Leonardo Da Vinci, Maggiore Baracca, and Alessandro Malaspina. Maggiore Baracca was ordered to arrive by her new location by 3 Jul 1941. At 2115 hours, Alessandro Malaspina sighted Morosini and exchanged recognition signals. ww2dbase [Morosini | Maggiore Baracca | Alessandro Malaspina | Leonardo da Vinci | Comandante Cappellini | Luigi Torelli | CPC]
  • At least 100 of the Soviet bombers attacking German tanks near Minsk, Byelorussia were shot down by aircraft of Oberst Werner Mölders' JG-51. ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | Minsk | TH]
Canada France
  • Vichy France broke off diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Scirè launched manned torpedoes into Grand Harbour, Malta; they failed to damage any enemy vessels. ww2dbase [Scirè | Grand Harbour | CPC]
  • Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-WeiĂźenfeld's Bf 110 aircraft collided with another Bf 110, piloted by Rudolf Schoenert while in exercise over northern Netherlands. ww2dbase [Egmont | CPC]
  • The Soviet Union formed the State Defense Committee (GKO) to coordinate defense efforts; it was consisted of Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov, Kliment Voroshilov, Georgy Malenkov, and Lavrentiy Beria. ww2dbase [Joseph Stalin | Moscow | CPC]
Ukraine United Kingdom
  • The Netherlands Purchasing Commission placed an order with North American Aviation to purchase 162 B-25C bombers for the Dutch government-in-exile. These aircraft were intended for the Dutch East Indies to counter the growing Japanese threat. ww2dbase [B-25 Mitchell | CPC]
United States
  • Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York, United States. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | Hyde Park, New York | CPC]
  • USS Grayback was commissioned into service with Lieutenant Willard Saunders in command. ww2dbase [Grayback | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Jun 1941
USS Enterprise in the Pacific turning into the wind to recover aircraft, late June 1941 before her natural wood flight deck was stained blue in July 1941.SdKfz. 251/3 communications vehicle, northern Russia, Jun 1941German SdKfz. 251/1 halftrack vehicle at a rail crossing, Aiviekstes, Latvia, Jun 1941Panzer III tank and SdKfz. 251 halftrack vehicle near Aiviekste, Latvia, Jun 1941; note rangefinder on the halftrack
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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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