17 Aug 1940
  • Destroyers USS Walke and USS Wainwright departed Bahia, Brazil for Par√°, Brazil. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • The Parliament of the Kingdom of Afghanistan was established. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler announced an air and sea blockade of Britain, threatening that all ships approaching Britain would be sunk without warning. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | TH]
  • German leaders designated Berlin as the European financial center after Germany's victory. ww2dbase [Berlin | TH]
South Africa
  • HMS Hermes began receiving repairs at Simon's Town, South Africa for damage caused by the 10 Jul 1940 collision with armed merchant cruiser HMS Corfu. ww2dbase [Hermes | Simon's Town | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Pilot Officer Billy Fiske of No. 601 Squadron RAF died from his injuries at Royal West Sussex Hospital in Chichester, England, United Kingdom after being shot down and badly burned on the previous day. Billy Fiske, an American volunteer, was remembered by a plaque in London's St. Paul's Cathedral as "An American Citizen who Died That England Might Live". ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | Chichester, England | AC]
Photo(s) dated 17 Aug 1940
Destroyed Adam Mickiewicz Monument in Kraków, Poland, 17 Aug 1940German occupation administration destroying Adam Mickiewicz Monument in Kraków, Poland, 17 Aug 1940

17 Aug 1940 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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