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5 Oct 1940
  • British submarine HMS Regent sank Italian ship Maria Grazia 10 miles off of Bari, Italy by ramming. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Nani sank British trawler HMT Kingston Sapphire 20 miles south of Cádiz, Spain; 3 were killed and the remaining rescued by a Spanish trawler. British submarine HMS Tigris attacked an Italian submarine (possibly submersible torpedo boat Otario) in the Bay of Biscay without success. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | CPC]
  • US Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox ordered all organized reserve divisions and aviation squadrons of the US Marine Corps to be on call for active duty. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The US Marine Corps organized the Air Detachment, Marine Barracks, Parris Island in South Carolina, United States; it would later be renamed Marine Corps Air Station, Parris Island. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Hauptmann Helmut Wick, the Gruppenkommandeur of 1/JG 2, claimed the destruction of five RAF fighters in one day. This took his overall total to 41. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Communist Chinese New 4th Army counterattacked and defeated Nationalist Chinese troops at Huangqiao ("Yellow Bridge"), Jiangsu Province, China, capturing great quantities of weapons and ammunition. ww2dbase [Battle of Huangqiao | Huangqiao, Jiangsu | CPC]
France United Kingdom
  • Between 0930 and 1600 hours, 4 German raids of mainly fighters attacked southern England, United Kingdom. At 2035 hours, the Royal Navy base at Portland was bombed. The Germans lost 2 bombers and 20 fighters, while the British lost 9 fighters with 2 pilots killed. Overnight, London suffered a heavy raid which started a large fire at the West India Dock on the River Thames in the East End area of the city. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
United States
  • Henry Arnold submitted a proposal for the reorganization of US Army air units to US Army Chief of Staff George Marshall; the proposal called for a separate staff for air apart from the ground and supply units. ww2dbase [Henry Arnold | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Oct 1940
British Cruiser Mk IV tanks being loaded onto railway trucks at an Egyptian quayside after being unloaded from ships, 5 Oct 1940

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