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16 Oct 1940
  • British motor torpedo boat MTB-106 hit a mine and sank near the Nore lightship at the mouth of the Thames Estuary in southern England, United Kingdom. German submarine U-124 sank Canadian ship Trevisa 400 miles northwest of Ireland at 0350 hours; 7 were killed and 14 survived. British submarine HMS Tigris sank small French trawler Cimcour with gunfire in the Bay of Biscay 120 miles west of La Rochelle, France. The 30-ship Allied convoy SC-7 was attacked by 7 German submarines on the last leg of its journey from Sydney, Australia to Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom; attacks followed for 3 more days, and the overall losses amounted to 20 ships totaling 79,646 tons. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | CPC]
  • Aircraft of British carrier HMS Furious bombed German oil storage tanks, seaplane base, and shipping at Tromsø, Norway. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Battleship King George V departed Newcastle upon Tyne, England for Rosyth, Scotland, both of which were in the Unite Kingdom. ww2dbase [King George V | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Belgian cargo ship Kabalo, which had been damaged by gunfire from Italian submarine Comandante Cappellini just before midnight on the previous date, was struck by additional shells from the Italian submarine, leading to her sinking at 0400 hours in the Atlantic Ocean off the Azores islands. 1 crew member, a Congolese sailor, was killed. 26 of the 42 survivors were picked up by Comandante Cappellini; the 16 others were picked up by Panamanian tanker Panam. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | Comandante Cappellini | CPC]
  • Aviation engineers Ichiro Sekine (Nakajima), Joji Hattori (Mitsubishi), Yu Nakajima (Mitsubishi), Shuzo Kito (Mitsubishi), and Tomio Kubo (Mitsubishi) were awarded the Nagao Memorial Award for the excellence for aviation engineering. ww2dbase [Joji Hattori | CPC]
Poland United Kingdom
  • Two ARP rescue workers who helped themselves to ÂŁ16 they found in a bombed-out house were each jailed for 12 months at the Old Bailey in central London, England, United Kingdom for looting. ww2dbase [London, England | AC]
  • Heavy fog during the day limited operations, thus the day's losses were limited to 1 German aircraft damaged and 1 British Hurricane fighter lost. Overnight, London, Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, Perth, and other locations in the United Kingdom were bombed. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 16 Oct 1940
Draft registration card for Roddie Edmonds, front and back, completed 16 Oct 1940.

16 Oct 1940 Interactive Map

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