18 Jul 1941
  • British ASV radar equipment was deployed to one PBY Catalina and two PBM Mariner aircraft. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Prince Fumimaro Konoe retained his office as he was named the 39th Prime Minister of Japan. ww2dbase [Fumimaro Konoe | CPC]
  • Three Blenheim bombers of No. 21 Squadron of No. 2 Group RAF damaged a German tanker in the English Channel off Gravelines, France; one of the three bombers were shot down by anti-aircraft fire. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-703 was launched. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Works Progress Administration Assistant Commissioner Corrington Gill reported to the House of Representatives of the US Congress that 5,000,000 Americans would remain unemployed in the latter half of 1941. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Finland established diplomatic relationship with the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • In Canada, Canadian corvette HMCS Algoma arrived at Montreal, Quebec, and corvette HMCS Shediac arrived at Quebec City, Quebec. ww2dbase [Quebec City, Quebec | CPC]
  • The Orthodox Bishop of Dresden, Germany completed his two-day visit of the Oflag IV-C prisoners of war camp at Colditz Castle and departed. ww2dbase [Colditz Castle | Colditz, Sachsen | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • The Soviet Union signed a friendship treaty with the Czechoslovakian government-in-exile in London, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [London, England | CPC]

18 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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