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8 Sep 1941
  • Leningrad in northern Russia became completely surrounded as German troops reached Lake Ladoga at Orekhovets. German aircraft attacked the city with primary targets being warehouses that might be holding food. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | TH]
  • British destroyer HMS Croome forced Italian submarine Maggiore Baracca to surface 275 miles northeast of the Azores islands, then proceeded to ram the submarine, resulting in her sinking. 23 Italian sailors were killed; 34 survived. HMS Croome was damaged in the stern and was ordered to Gibraltar for repairs. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British Flying Fortress bombers unsuccessfully attacked the German cruiser Admiral Scheer in Oslofjord, Norway. ww2dbase [Admiral Scheer | CPC]
  • British sloop HMS Rosemary and Polish destroyer Burza collided at Milford Haven, Wales, United Kingdom; both suffered minor damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German aircraft attacked and damaged British destroyers HMS Kipling, HMS Kimberley, and HMS Decoy as the ships carried supplies from Alexandria, Egypt for besieged Tobruk, Libya. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Grampus began patrolling in the Caribbean Sea. ww2dbase [Grampus | CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team detected increased radio traffic between carriers and land bases, and interpreted it as the Japanese Navy conducting fitting out operations of carriers with new air groups. ww2dbase [Attack on Pearl Harbor | Detailed Timetable | CPC]
Japan
  • Shokaku arrived at Yokosuka, Japan and disembarked Commander First Air Fleet. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
United States

8 Sep 1941 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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