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5 Sep 1940
  • Japanese troops crossed the border into Indochina without French permission; French negotiator Maurice Martin suspended all talks in protest. ww2dbase [Indochina Campaign | CPC]
  • Hungarian troops entered Northern Transylvania, territory that German and Italy forced Romania to cede to Hungary. ww2dbase [Soviet Demands on Romania and the Second Vienna Arbitration | CPC]
  • 6 Blenheim IV bombers and 6 Hurricane fighters arrived in crates at Takoradi at the British Colony of the Gold Coast. These aircraft would soon be assembled and flown to RAF Abu Sueir, Egypt near the Suez Canal for the war against Italy in North Africa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German armed merchant cruiser Komet completed its voyage across the Northern Sea Route and entered the Pacific Ocean via the Bering Strait. ww2dbase [Komet | CPC]
  • Matrosenobergefreiter Heinrich Mantyk fell overboard from German submarine U-47 300 miles northwest of Ireland while operating the deck gun. He was lost. ww2dbase [U-47 | CPC]
Japan
  • Akagi departed Yokosuka, Japan. ww2dbase [Akagi | CPC]
  • Koichi Shiozawa was named the commanding officer of the Yokosuka Naval District, Japan. ww2dbase [Koichi Shiozawa | CPC]
Romania
  • Ion Antonescu became the Prime Minister of Romania and King Carol II transferred most of his dictatorial powers to him. ww2dbase [Ion Antonescu | AC]
  • King Carol II swore in General Ion Antonescu as the new Prime Minister of Romania, and transferred a great part of the throne's dictatorial powers to him. ww2dbase [Carol II | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • In the morning, German bombers attacked RAF airfields at Eastchurch, Lympne, North Weald, Kenley, and Biggin Hill in England, United Kingdom; in the afternoon, German bombers attacked RAF airfields at Detling and Biggin Hill, as well as the Hawker factories at Brooklands and oil storage tanks at Thameshaven. Eastchurch and Biggin Hill were placed out of action after sustaining heavy damage, while the fires at Thameshaven could be seen from London. When Churchill spoke to the House of Commons on this day, he promised compensation for families who had lost homes due to German attacks. On this day, 23 German aircraft were lost, as were 20 RAF fighters. Overnight, London, Manchester, and Liverpool were bombed by German bombers. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | CPC]
  • James Lacey shot down two German Bf 109 fighters over Britain. ww2dbase [James Lacey | CPC]

5 Sep 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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