16 Jun 1940
  • Marshal Philippe Pétain became Prime Minister of France when Paul Reynaud's government resigned. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • German submarine U-101 sank British merchant ship Willington Star in Bay of Biscay. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The Soviet invasion of Latvia and Estonia began. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • François Darlan was named the Vichy French Minister of the Navy. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
China
  • 114 Japanese aircraft attacked Chongqing, China after sundown; four I-16 fighters of Chinese 24th Pursuit Squadron rose to intercept, shooting down one bomber near Fuling County near the city, with one fighter shot down by the Japanese. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
France
  • Germans broke through to Dijon and reach Besancon in France, while continuing a wide assault on the Maginot Line. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | TH]
  • 57,000 more British troops withdrew from France via Nantes and St. Nazaire. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • The Curie Laboratory in France transferred 410 pounds of Norwegian heavy water to the British. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Major General Erwin Rommel having captured the port of Le Havre, France received a fresh order to take another French Port, Cherbourg, some 150 miles away. ww2dbase [Main Article | Event | AC]
United Kingdom
  • Reginald Jones warned Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding and Air Marshal Sir Philip Joubert that the Germans could have developed a radio navigation system for the guidance of bombers. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • Company Sergeant Major George Gristock of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment, British Army died in Brighton, England, United Kingdom, from wounds he had received while winning the Victoria Cross on 21 May 1940 in an action near the River Escault, Belgium. ww2dbase [AC]

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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