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19 Oct 1940

Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarines U-38, U-46, U-47, and two others attacked Allied convoy HX-79 200 miles west of Ireland, sinking 5 ships and damaging tanker Shirak. ww2dbase [U-47 | U-38 | U-46 | First Happy Time | TH]
  • German submarines U-99, U-100, U-101, and U-123 continued to attack Allied convoy SC-7 100 miles northwest of Ireland. U-123 sank British ship Shekatika as Shekatika received her fifth torpedo hit. U-99 sank Norwegian ship Snefjeld; the entire crew of 21 survived. ww2dbase [U-100 | U-123 | U-101 | U-99 | First Happy Time | CPC]
  • Alessandro Malaspina sighted Dutch freighter Bussum in the Atlantic Ocean at 2345 hours and began to give chase. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | Alessandro Malaspina | CPC]
  • While escorting Romanian freighter Ingener N. Vlassopol Canadian auxiliary minesweeper HMCS Bras d'Or sank during a storm in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in northeastern Canada, killing the entire crew of 30. ww2dbase [Gulf of Saint Lawrence | CPC]
  • The Secours National, established during WW1, was revived by French government decree in preparation of the coming first winter under German occupation. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • I-68 was decommissioned from service. ww2dbase [I-68/I-168 | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • During the day, a German Ju 88 bomber was shot down near Maidstone, Kent and another near Falmouth, Cornwall in England, United Kingdom. A raid of 60 German fighters and fighter-bombers for London was intercepted by 5 RAF squadrons over Kent at 1430 hours; 2 British fighters were shot down during the battle with 1 pilot killed. Overnight, London, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, and Coventry were bombed. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
  • British destroyer HMS Venetia hit a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary 10 miles north of Herne Bay, Kent in southern England; 35 were killed and 18 were wounded. ww2dbase [Herne Bay, England | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 19 Oct 1940
Prime Minister Mackenzie King visiting a Canadian Navy warship, 19 Oct 1940

19 Oct 1940 Interactive Map

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