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6 Aug 1940

Atlantic Ocean
  • British merchant ship Boma (Master Charles Eric Anders), damaged by a torpedo from U-56 on the previous day, sank 60 kilometers northwest of Malin Head, County Donegal, Ireland. 3 were killed on the previous day during the attack; 50 survived and were later landed at Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Alessandro Malaspina sighted Spanish freighter Sebastian off Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean at 1320 hours. Shortly after, she sighted Portuguese destroyer Douro. ww2dbase [Alessandro Malaspina | CPC]
  • Destroyers USS Walke and USS Wainwright arrived at Santos, São Paulo, Brazil. ww2dbase [Santos, São Paulo | CPC]
British Somaliland Burma
  • Ba Maw, the pro-Japanese anti-British former Premier of Burma, was arrested for attacking Premier U Pu's policy of supporting Britain in the war against Germany. Ba Maw received a one year jail sentence. ww2dbase [Ba Maw | AC]
  • US Army transport American Legion reached Petsamo, Finland to embark American nationals from Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands wishing to return to the United States. ww2dbase [Petsamo | CPC]
Italy Malta
  • Operation Tube: British submarine HMS Pandora reached Malta from Gibraltar with ground equipment and spare parts for the Hurricane fighters delivered by aircraft carrier HMS Argus 2 Aug during Operation Hurry. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • The Italian cruisers Da Barbiano (Ammiraglio di divisione Marenco di Moriondo) and Di Giussano together with destroyers Pigafetta and Zeno deployed 394 mines south south-east of the Italian island of Pantelleria (Barrage 7 AN), under the escort of torpedo boats Cassiopea, Cigno, Pleiadi and Aldebaran. ww2dbase [HM]
  • British submarine HMS Sealion was rammed by German anti-submarine vessel UJ-123 while running at periscope depth attacking a convoy 20 miles off the southern coast of Norway. Sealion would be able to return to the Tyne on 15 Aug and would remain in repair until 23 Oct. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • At 0630 hours, Hurricane fighters of No. 85 Squadron RAF shot down a German Do 17 aircraft on a reconnaissance mission over a convoy east of Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Also on this day, a lone German aircraft bombed the RAF station at Llandow, Wales, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | CPC]
United States
  • Delos Emmons departed the United States for London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Delos Emmons | CPC]

6 Aug 1940 Interactive Map

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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