25 Jan 1939
  • British destroyer HMS Mashona (L59) was commissioned into service with Commander P. A. McLaughlin in command. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Adolf Hitler resolved to wipe the entire Polish state off the map should Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop's final approach to persuade the Poles of German territorial proposals become rejected. ww2dbase [The Danzig Crisis | Adolf Hitler | AC]
  • Mircea was completed. ww2dbase [Mircea | CPC]
United States
  • Uranium atom was split for the first time at Columbia University in the United States. ww2dbase [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | New York | CPC]
  • The US Army Air Corps announced a new competition for a new fighter design. The requirements were 310-370 miles per hour top speed, 15,000 feet ceiling, and 2 hours endurance at cruise speed. The firm Curtiss-Wright would ultimate win the competition with the P-40 design. ww2dbase [Kurt Zeitzler | 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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