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3 Nov 1941
  • German submarine U-202 sank British ships Flynderborg (3 were killed, 21 survived) and Gretavale (38 were killed, 6 survived) of Allied convoy SC-52 200 miles northeast of Newfoundland at 0500 hours. At 1828 hours, U-203 attacked the same convoy, sinking British ships Everoja (all 41 aboard survived) and Empire Gemsbuck (all 43 aboard survived). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In Russia, German Panzer Army 2 attacked Tula while other German units captured Kursk 180 miles to the southwest to protect the southern flank of the assault toward Moscow. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • American PBY Catalina aircraft provided air cover for Atlantic convoy ON 31. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • American destroyer Upshur, escorting convoy HX 157, depth charged sound contact. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Chief of the Japanese Naval General Staff Admiral Osami Nagano approved the draft plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. On the other side of the international date line, Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team of the US Navy in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii was realizing that the Japanese were inflating the amount of radio traffic. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Heinz Guderian noted in his diary that the first cold wave had hit Russia, bringing temperature to the freezing point. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The Japanese plan to occupy Rabaul, Bismarck Islands and to transform it into a forward base was presented to Emperor Showa. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Black Sea
  • Soviet submarine ShCh-214 sank Turkish schooner Kaynakdere with gunfire in the Black Sea. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Hans-Joachim Marseille was awarded the silver Honor Cup (Ehrenpokal) in Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Allied convoy QP-2 departed Arkhangelsk, Russia. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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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