2 Mar 1941

Atlantic Ocean
  • German submarines U-552, U-95, and U-147 attacked Allied convoy HX-109 170 miles northwest of Outer Hebrides, Scotland, United Kingdom since the previous day. Near the end of the day at 2212 hours, U-147 sank 4,811-ton Norwegian merchant steamer Augvald. Augvald was carrying 7,000 tons of steel, scrap iron and tractors bound for Kingston upon Hull in Britain from Halifax in Canada and due to bad weather had straggled from the convoy HX-109. U-147 fired a single G7a torpedo and hit the Augvald at the forward hold. The heavily laden ship sank within a minute. Some survivors climbed onto wreckage and the Germans tried to question them but failed to understand them so sailed off. The master, Rolf Svensen and 28 crewmen died, including the 2 English mess boys, Stanley Scargill, aged 14, and Micheal Gouldon, aged 15. Able Seaman Rasmus KolstÝ survived for 11 days alone on a raft before being seen by a Sunderland flying boat that brought the corvette HMS Pimpernel to pick him up. He was taken to hospital in Greenock where he had to have one of his toes amputated due to frostbite. The medical officer on board the Pimpernel reported that KolstÝ was very near death whenthey got to him, he had only some moudy biscuits and fouled water left in the raft and had wrapped himself in a sail and fixed a canvas screen to protect himself to a certain degree. ww2dbase [CPC, HM]
British Somaliland
  • British 11th African Division began marching from Mogadishu, Italian Somaliland toward Jijiga, Abyssinia in pursuit of retreating Italian forces. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German Twelfth Army moved from Romania into Bulgaria the day after Bulgaria joined the Axis alliance. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The RAF conducted a heavy bombing raid on KŲln (Cologne), Germany. ww2dbase [TH]
  • At Kufra, Libya, Free French Major Philippe Leclerc pledged not to lay down his weapons until the French flag once again flew over the cathedral at Strasbourg, France. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The United Kingdom severed diplomatic relations with Bulgaria. ww2dbase [TH]

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Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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