9 Jul 1941
  • The US Congress authorized the funding of $14,990,000 for the construction of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point over 32 square-kilometers of land in North Carolina, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Troops of the German 3.Panzergruppe captured Vitebsk, Byelorussia. ww2dbase [Operation Barbarossa | TH]
  • The British Air Ministry instructed Bomber Command to concentrate its efforts against the German transportation system and breaking the morale of the civilian population. At about 0130 hours, British bombers attacked Münster, Germany; the reading room of the state archive, warehouse of the state theater, the post office at the Domplatz, and the eastern wall of the cathedral were destroyed. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | AC]
  • The head of Gosplan, the young economist Nikolai Voznesensky, was given responsibility for drafting a new war production plan for the whole Soviet economy. ww2dbase [Nikolai Voznesensky | AC]
  • A British report noted that, for the week ending at 0600 hours on 9 Jul 1941, an estimated 78 people were killed by German bombing while an estimated 67 people had been seriously injured. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | CPC]
  • Franklin Roosevelt announced that American troops were to relieve British troops in the occupation of Iceland. Adolf Hitler responded by publicly noting that it was a clear act of aggression against Germany; however, when Erich Raeder asked Hitler whether it was time for the German Navy to deliberately attack American vessels, Hitler still rejected the request. ww2dbase [Invasion and Occupation of Iceland | CPC]
  • The French High Commissioner in Syria, General Henri Dentz, applied to the British authorities for discussions to begin which would lead to an armistice. ww2dbase [Campaigns in the Middle East | AC]
  • Douglas Bader claimed one probable German aircraft shot down and another damaged. ww2dbase [Douglas Bader | CPC]
  • Soviet aircraft engineers met to compile a report on their rocket-powered fighter development, which was to be forwarded to Joseph Stalin. ww2dbase [BI | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Maggiore Baracca sighted a German aircraft in the Atlantic Ocean at 2123 hours. ww2dbase [Maggiore Baracca | CPC]
  • Morosini sighted a large aircraft in the Atlantic Ocean at 2035 hours; believing it to be German, she flashed her recognition signal. The Italian submarine submerged after receiving no response. ww2dbase [Morosini | CPC]
United States
  • Submarine Flying Fish was launched at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, United States, sponsored by the wife of US Navy Admiral Husband Kimmel. ww2dbase [Flying Fish | Kittery, Maine | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Jul 1941
Launching of submarine Flying Fish, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 9 Jul 1941, photo 1 of 2Launching of submarine Flying Fish, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 9 Jul 1941, photo 2 of 2Submarine Flying Fish shortly after launching, with tugs Yaqui and Pennacook, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, United States, 9 Jul 1941Astoria

9 Jul 1941 Interactive Map

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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