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12 Sep 1941
  • United States Coast Guard cutters intercepted and boarded Norwegian trawler Buskoe in Mackenzie Bay, Greenland; the trawler was operated by Germans, attempting to establish weather stations in the North Atlantic. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German troops reported the first snowfall on the Russian front. ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | TH]
  • The daily bread ration in Leningrad, Russia was cut to 500 grams for manual workers and 300 grams for office workers and children under 12. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | CPC]
  • In Operation EGV2, British Albacore aircraft of carrier HMS Victorious damaged the Glomfjord hydroelectric power plant and the ships at anchor at Bodo in Norway. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Three Allied corvettes (British HMS Gladiolus, Canadian HCMS Wetaskiwin, and Free French Mimosa) and eight destroyers (British HMS Douglas, British HMS Veteran, British HMS Leamington, British HMS Saladin, British HMS Skate, American USS Sims, American USS Russell, and American USS Charles F. Hughes) added to Allied convoy SC-42's escort force. In the air, British Catalina aircraft also appeared to provide protection during the day. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Axis troops launched a renewed offensive against Odessa, Ukraine. ww2dbase [Siege of Odessa | CPC]
  • The Jager Report (issued on 1 Dec 1941) noted that 993 adult male, 1,670 adult female, and 771 children, all Jews, were killed in Vilnius, Lithuania for a total of 3,334 people. ww2dbase [Discovery of Concentration Camps and the Holocaust | CPC]
Caroline Islands
  • Tenryu arrived at Truk, Caroline Islands. ww2dbase [Tenryu | Truk | CPC]
  • Nadejda Russo was awarded the Gold Cross of the Order of Aeronautical Virtue with Swords. ww2dbase [Nadejda Russo | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • British Air Vice-Marshal G. R. Bromet was appointed Air Officer Commanding, No. 19 Group RAF with the primary task of attacking surfaced German submarines in the Bay of Biscay. ww2dbase [AC]
United States
  • Chuck Yeager enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces as an aircraft mechanic at Victorville Army Air Field, California, United States at the rank of private. ww2dbase [Charles Yeager | Victorville, California | CPC]

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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