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1 Oct 1940
  • Italian submarine Maggiore Baracca sank Greek ship Aghios Nicolaos 400 miles west of Porto, Portugal. German submarine U-38 sank British ship Highland Patriot 300 miles west of Ireland at 0647 hours; 3 crew were killed, 136 crew and 33 passengers were rescued by sloop HMS Wellington. German submarine U-32 sank Dutch ship Haulerwijk 400 miles west of Ireland; 4 were killed and 27 survived. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | CPC]
  • British troops reinforced the garrison on Malta. ww2dbase [AC]
  • US Navy and US Marine Corps began the Special Landing Operation No. 2 in the Caribbean Sea. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Luftwaffe ace Erich Hartmann began basic training with Friegerausbildungsregiment 10 at Neukuhren, near Königsberg in East Prussia, Germany. Hartmann would achieve 352 "kills" during the war before being sentenced, as a war criminal, to 50 years forced labour by the Soviets. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Hermann Göring officially awarded Wolfgang Falck the Knight Cross medal, but it would be not be presented to Falck until 7 Oct 1940. ww2dbase [Wolfgang Falck | CPC]
  • George Brett was promoted to the rank of major general. ww2dbase [George Brett | CPC]
  • Hubert Lanz was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for gallantry during the invasion of France. ww2dbase [Hubert Lanz | CPC]
  • Chiaki Matsuda was made a staff member at the Institute for Total War. ww2dbase [Chiaki Matsuda | CPC]
  • Tsingtau was assigned to the 4th Fast Attack Craft Flotilla. ww2dbase [Tsingtau | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean United Kingdom
  • Small raids of 20 to 70 aircraft each attacked RAF airfields in England, United Kingdom; London was not targeted during the day. The Germans lost 4 fighters and the British lost 5 fighters with 4 pilots killed. London was bombed overnight. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
United States
  • Belgium Congo uranium began to arrived at Staten Island, New York, United States for safekeeping; a total of 1,140 tons of uranium would arrive throughout this month. ww2dbase [Staten Island, New York | CPC]
  • Clarence Tinker was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. ww2dbase [Clarence Tinker | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 1 Oct 1940
Canadian boy chasing after his father, a member of the Canadian Army British Columbia Regiment, who was on march in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, 1 Oct 1940

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