30 Jul 1940
  • The heavy cruiser HMS Dorsetshire (Captain B. C. S. Martin, RN) departed Freetown, Sierra Leone to patrol in the South Atlantic to search for the German raider Thor. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | HM]
  • Destroyers USS Walke and USS Wainwright arrived at Buenos Aires, Argentina. ww2dbase [Buenos Aires | CPC]
Austria Cuba
  • The Act of Havana was signed by the representatives from 21 nations in the Americas; it provided an emergency establishment of a regime of provisional administration "when islands or regions in the Americas now under the possession of non-American nations are in danger of becoming the subject of barter of territory or change of sovereignty". ww2dbase [Havana | CPC]
  • The British submarine HMS Oswald (Lieutenant Commander D. A. Fraser, RN) made an unsuccessful attack on a large Italian convoy about 20 nautical miles to the south of Capo dell'Armi in the Liguria region of Italy. The Italian destroyer Grecale which was near the merchant vessel Col di Lana reported being missed. The convoy attacked by Oswald had departed Naples earlier and had, besides the Grecale, an escort of four torpedo boats and the destroyers Maestrale, Libeccio, and Scirocco. ww2dbase [Motta San Giovanni, Liguria | HM]
  • Leonardo da Vinci set sail from Naples, Italy at 0900 hours for exercises, returning at 1630 hours. ww2dbase [Leonardo da Vinci | Napoli, Campania | CPC]
  • Leonardo da Vinci set sail from Naples, Italy at 0900 hours for exercises, returning at 1630 hours. ww2dbase [Leonardo da Vinci | Napoli, Campania | CPC]
Panama Canal Zone
  • USS Phoenix arrived at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [Phoenix | Balboa | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Low clouds and rain restricted both German and British flights all day. Five German raids targeted the northeastern British coast in the morning, while other waves of aircraft attacked convoys in the English Channel off Essex and Suffolk, England. A small number of German aircraft were shot down on this day at no cost to the British RAF. Overnight, German bombers conducted raids over southern and central England and southern Wales. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | CPC]
  • The 5,183-ton merchant steamer Umvoti, built in 1903, was taken of of service and scuttled at the entrance to Portsmouth harbour in southern Britain. The ship was subsequently cut in half and the two halves were moved to East Sands where in 1944 the wreck was broken up. ww2dbase [Portsmouth, England | HM]
United States
  • US President Franklin Roosevelt returned to Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, United States via presidential yacht Potomac. ww2dbase [Franklin Roosevelt | Washington | CPC]

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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