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18 Jul 1941
  • British ASV radar equipment was deployed to one PBY Catalina and two PBM Mariner aircraft. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Prince Fumimaro Konoe retained his office as he was named the 39th Prime Minister of Japan. ww2dbase [Fumimaro Konoe | CPC]
  • Three Blenheim bombers of No. 21 Squadron of No. 2 Group RAF damaged a German tanker in the English Channel off Gravelines, France; one of the three bombers were shot down by anti-aircraft fire. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-703 was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Works Progress Administration Assistant Commissioner Corrington Gill reported to the House of Representatives of the US Congress that 5,000,000 Americans would remain unemployed in the latter half of 1941. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Finland established diplomatic relationship with the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • British submarine HMS Thunderbolt picked up the 41 survivors of British freighter Guelma, which was sunk by Italian submarine Alessandro Malaspina in the Atlantic Ocean on the previous date. ww2dbase [Thunderbolt | CPC]
  • Alessandro Malaspina sighted Spanish ship Miraflores in the Atlantic Ocean at 1630 hours. She submerged at 1730 to approach, and abandoned the attack after identifying the target at 1820 hours. ww2dbase [Alessandro Malaspina | CPC]
  • At 1310 hours, Alpino Bagnolini received orders to shift her patrol area in the Atlantic Ocean. At 1610 hours, she was informed of the departure of an Allied convoy, HG 68, sailing out of Gibraltar. ww2dbase [Alpino Bagnolini | CPC]
  • In Canada, Canadian corvette HMCS Algoma arrived at Montreal, Quebec, and corvette HMCS Shediac arrived at Quebec City, Quebec. ww2dbase [Quebec City, Quebec | CPC]
  • The Orthodox Bishop of Dresden, Germany completed his two-day visit of the Oflag IV-C prisoners of war camp at Colditz Castle and departed. ww2dbase [Colditz Castle | Colditz, Sachsen | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The Soviet Union signed a friendship treaty with the Czechoslovakian government-in-exile in London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [London, England | CPC]

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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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