13 Jan 1941
  • Wellington bombers of No. 57 Squadron RAF attacked Ostend, Belgium. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • RAF bombers attacked the German submarine base at Lorient, France overnight. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Bulgaria stalled in response to German demand to join the Tripartite Pact. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
French Indochina
  • Admiral Jean Decoux ordered Capitaine de Vaisseau Régis Bérenger to plan an attack on the Thai Navy within the coming days. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German aircraft dropped 106 high explosive bombs on Plymouth, England, United Kingdom, damaging the Sherwell Congregational Church on Tavistock Road, City Hospital at Freedom Fields, gas works at Coxside, and Corporation electricity works at Prince Rock (26 killed, 117 wounded). Electricity would be restored on the following day, but gas would not be restored for three weeks. Patrol Officer George Wright and Leading Fireman Cyril Lidstone of Auxiliary Fire Service would be awarded George Medals for putting out a fire on an oil tank that might otherwise have exploded. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]

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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