7 May 1941
  • German armed merchant cruiser Pinguin stopped small British tanker British Emperor 400 miles off British Somaliland with gunfire, whose crew was able to send distress signals before being taken prisoner. The tanker was scuttled with torpedoes from Pinguin. Meanwhile, British cruiser HMS Cornwall sailed toward the location of the distress signal. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German aircraft conducted the first of the two consecutive nightly raids on Hull, England, United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Liverpool, England was bombed for the seventh (and final) consecutive night, damaging destroyer HMS Hurricane; by this time, 75% of Liverpool's port capacity had been destroyed. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • HMS Somali captured the German weather ship München off Iceland along with an Enigma cypher machine and code book. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The first of the B-17 Flying Fortress bombers in Britain arrived at RAF Watton. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German submarine U-94 sank British ship Ixion and Norwegian ship Eastern Star 150 miles south of Iceland at 2300 hours. Destroyer HMS Bulldog and sloop HMS Rochester dropped 98 depth charges over 4 hours, but U-94 was able to escape with only minor damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Tazzoli sank Norwegian ship Ferlane off West Africa. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • During the day, German bombers sank British minesweeper HMS Stoke at Tobruk, Libya, killing 21. After nightfall, British cruiser HMS Ajax and destroyers HMS Havock, HMS Hotspur, and HMS Imperial bombarded Benghazi, Libya, sinking Italian ships Tenace and Capitano Cecchi. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Indian 20th and 21st Brigades marched out of Basra, Iraq to attack nearby port of Ashar. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Douglas Bader shot down a German Bf 109 aircraft and claimed another probable. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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