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2 Nov 1940
  • British destroyer HMS Antelope attacked German submarine U-31 with depth charges, killing 2. Forced to the surface, the crew of U-31 scuttled the submarine before abandoning her. As HMS Antelope rescued the 43 German survivors, the wrecked hull of U-31 drifted into her, causing damage that would keep HMS Antelope under repair until Dec 1940. U-31 had previously been sunk by British aircraft on 11 Mar 1940, but was later raised and put back into action; she was the only German submarine to be sunk twice during the war. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Turkey moved 37 divisions to the Bulgarian border and warned Bulgaria not to participate in the Italo-Greek war. Meanwhile, Italian troops reached the main Greek defensive line on the Kalamas River between Elia and Kalamas. Off Suda Bay, Crete, as British warships departed after unloading troops, Italian bombers scored near misses against them but failed to cause damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British destroyer HMS Intrepid hit a mine off Hartlepool, Durham, England, United Kingdom, damaging both of her engines; she would remain under repair until late Dec 1940. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British minesweeping trawler HMT Rinovia hit a mine and sank 10 miles south of St. Austell, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, killing 15. ww2dbase [CPC]
South Africa
  • HMS Hermes completed her repairs at Simon's Town, South Africa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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