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8 Oct 1939

Atlantic Ocean
  • A RAF reconnaissance plane shot down a German flying boat conducting reconnaissance over the North Sea. ww2dbase [North Sea | TH]
  • Cruiser Köln began in a raid in the North Sea. ww2dbase [Köln | North Sea | CPC]
  • Chinese 195th Division pursued the retreating Japanese troops in the Miluo River and Sinchiang River region in Hunan Province, China. ww2dbase [First Battle of Changsha | Hunan | CPC]
Poland United Kingdom
  • The prototype of the Percival Proctor, designed to British Air Ministry Specification 20/38 for a communications and radio training aircraft, made its maiden flight. ww2dbase [Proctor | AC]
  • Approximately on this date, U-12 strike a mine just off Kingsdown, England, United Kingdom near Dover and sank; the entire crew of 27 was lost. ww2dbase [Start of the Battle of the Atlantic | U-12 | Kingsdown, England | CPC]
United States
  • Joseph Stilwell was made the Infantry Commander of the 2nd Division at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, United States. ww2dbase [Joseph Stilwell | San Antonio, Texas | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 8 Oct 1939
USS Enterprise in the Pacific Ocean, en route to Pearl Harbor in US Territory of Hawaii, 8 Oct 1939

8 Oct 1939 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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