4 Oct 1941
  • German submarine U-129 picked up 119 survivors of German supply ship Klara, sunken by British cruiser HMS Kenya on the previous day, 300 miles northeast of the Azores islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British anti-submarine trawler HMS Lady Shirley forced German submarine U-111 to the surface with depth charges 225 miles west of Tenerife, Canary Islands. U-111's crew scuttled the submarine after a brief gunfire exchange; U-111 suffered 8 killed and 44 captured, while HMS Lady Shirley suffered 1 killed. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British anti-submarine trawler HMS Whippet was sunk by German bombing 30 miles north of Bardia, Libya, killing 1. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British submarine HMS Talisman sank French ship Theophile Gautier in a convoy from Crete to the Greek mainland. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Jager Report (issued on 1 Dec 1941) noted that 432 adult male, 1,115 adult female, and 436 children, all Jews, were killed in Vilnius, Lithuania for a total of 1,983 people. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Friedrich Knackfuss was named the civilian administrator of the Channel Islands. ww2dbase [CPC]
Hawaii
  • US Navy awarded a contract to build Dock No. 4 and a 20,000-kilowatt bomb-proof power plant at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, Oahu, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Russia
  • German Panzergruppe 3 and Panzergruppe 4 began to surround rear elements of the Soviet Western Front in Russia, capturing Kirov and Spa-Demensk in the process. The German troops continued to advance toward Vyasma to complete the envelopment. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • British motor torpedo boat MTB56 and Norwegian destroyer Draug arrived at the Shetland Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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