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5 Nov 1941
  • Soviet submarine ShCh-324 was lost in the Baltic Sea off Tallinn, Estonia; she had presumably hit a mine. All 38 aboard were killed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • U-576 completed her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • At a conference with Emperor Showa, Japanese leaders decided to go to war with the United States, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands in early Dec 1941 should diplomatic relations with the US did not improve by 1 Dec. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Japanese passenger ship Kehi Maru hit a Soviet mine and sank 75 miles off Korea in the Sea of Japan; 131 were killed, 379 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Cordell Hull had learned, via Magic intercepts of Japanese messages to Kichisaburo Nomura, that 25 Nov 1941 was Japan's final deadline for the decision on war. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Black Sea
  • Soviet submarine ShCh-214 sank Italian tanker Torcello in the Black Sea. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team in US Territory of Hawaii detected improvements in security of Japanese naval communications and the recall of some of the merchant ships back to home waters. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 5 Nov 1941
Kurusu en route to the United States, 5 Nov 1941

5 Nov 1941 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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