14 Jul 1940
  • Battleship Bismarck departed the drydock after completing the propeller and MES magnetic system installation. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German aircraft attacked the Allied convoys in the English Channel, sinking or damaging only 5 ships despite the large number of aircraft sent. German bombers also attacked RAF airfield at Manston in Kent in southern England, United Kingdom and a destroyer in Swanage Harbor, Dorset, causing little damage. BBC reporter Charles Gardner provided the first eyewitness radio report of the Battle of Britain as he watched German aircraft attacking a convoy in the English Channel. Meanwhile, the British Royal Air Force leadership directed its pilots to ignore German aircraft with Red Cross markings, as such aircraft were suspected of conducting military reconnaissance missions in the English Channel. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Vichy French bombers attacked Gibraltar, causing no damage. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British RAF Bomber Command launched raids against two Luftwaffe bases in Germany, with 9 Whitley bombers of No. 102 Squadron hitting Paderborn and 12 Whitley bombers of No. 10 Squadron and No. 51 Squadron hitting Diepholz. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • German armed merchant cruiser Thor sank British ship Gracefield 500 miles off the coast of Brazil. The crew of 36 was taken prisoner. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-A sank Norwegian tanker Sarita 100 miles west of Cape Verde at 1145 hours. The entire crew of 29 survived and was rescued by British ship Dunstan on 18 Jul. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-52 sank Greek ship Thetis A. off Brest, France at 1818 hours. 9 were killed and 20 survived. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The British commando raid on Guernsey was met with little result. ww2dbase [TH]
United Kingdom
  • Free French leader Charles de Gaulle celebrated Bastille Day at the Cenotaph in London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British armed merchant cruiser HMS Esperance Bay departed Plymouth, England, United Kingdom at 1250 hours with 10,000,000 in gold. She was intercepted and bombed by German aircraft 100 miles west of the port, killing 7, but she was able to return to Plymouth without losing her cargo. ww2dbase [CPC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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