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7 Aug 1940
  • American destroyer Grayson was launched. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The 1st Battalion, 2nd Punjab Regiment arrived in British Somaliland to reinforce against the Italian invasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-38 torpedoed and sank British troopship Mohamed Ali El Kebir 160 miles off Ireland at 2140 hours en route from England to Gibraltar, killing 86 of the 697 military passengers and 10 of the 165 crew aboard. Destroyer HMS Griffin depth charged U-38 for two hours and then returned to pick up all 766 survivors. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Werner Mölders returned to duty without receiving medical clearance. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Japan
  • Lord Halifax of the United Kingdom and US Ambassador to Tokyo Joseph Grew voiced concerns over Japanese demands for French Indochina. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German aircraft bombed one convoy, but otherwise very little activity was seen during the day over and near Britain. Overnight, German aircraft bombed coastal cities and laid mines in the English Channel and between Land's End and Liverpool. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United States
  • USS Phoenix arrived at San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | 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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