29 Aug 1940
  • The United Kingdom rejected Germany's proposal to use Red Cross ships to recover downed German airmen in the English Channel. ww2dbase [TH]
  • The British Tizard Mission shared radar technology with the United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Ribbentrop and Count Ciano met Romanian and Hungarian Ministers in Vienna, Austria. ww2dbase [Soviet Demands on Romania and the Second Vienna Arbitration | CPC]
  • The French colonies of Equatorial Africa and the Cameroons declared support for Charles de Gaulle. Governor Georges Pierre Masson of Gabon, however, retracted the support after pressure from the French naval commander at Gabon, who sided with the Vichy government. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-100 hit five ships in Allied convoy OA-204 150 miles northwest of Ireland. British ship Hartismere was damaged at 0023 hours; British ship Dalblair was sunk also at 0023 hours (4 killed, 37 survived); British ship Astra II was sunk at 0140 hours (5 killed, 20 survived); Swedish ship Alida Gorton was sunk at 0336 hours (11 killed, 13 survived; 20 survivors of Dalblair were also killed); and British ship Empire Moose was sunk at 0427 hours (all 36 survived). ww2dbase [First Happy Time | CPC]
  • Heavy cruisers USS Wichita (with Rear Admiral Andrew C. Pickens on board) and USS Quincy arrived at Buenos Aires, Argentina. ww2dbase [Quincy (New Orleans-class) | CPC]
  • Rear Admiral John Downes relieved Rear Admiral William C. Watts as the Commandant of the US Navy Ninth Naval District and as the commanding officer of the US Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois, United States. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Red Army divisional commanding officer Grigoriy Fyodorovich was executed for deserting his unit in combat during the Winter War. ww2dbase [CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • Capitano Tarantini departed waters off the Azores Islands. ww2dbase [Capitano Tarantini | CPC]
  • Berlin formally apologized to Ireland for bombing Wexford. ww2dbase [Wexford | TH]
Italy Russia
  • Georgy Zhukov was made a Hero of the Soviet Union for the first time. ww2dbase [Georgy Zhukov | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Low clouds and rain in the morning prevented Germans from launching attacks on Britain; reconnaissance flights were mostly left alone by the British. At 1500 hours and 1915 hours, the Germans launched large groups of fighters in an attempt to draw out British fighters, which was initially successfully, but very quickly Air Vice Marshal Keith Park saw through the German attempt and recalled the fighters; only 9 fighters were lost on either side. On this day, RAF leadership decided to stop using Defiant turret fighters as daylight intercepters as they were no match for German fighters. Overnight, German bombers attacked Portsmouth, Tyneside, Hartlepool, Swansea, Manchester, and Liverpool; decoy fires were lit in the countryside to lure German bombing, which were partially successful. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
  • James Lacey shot down a Bf 109 fighter of German Jagdgeschwader 3 wing over Britain. ww2dbase [James Lacey | CPC]
  • Grand Duchess Charlotte made her first radio broadcast from Britain. ww2dbase [Charlotte | London, England | CPC]
United States
  • The first mass jump by American paratroopers was carried out at Fort Benning, Georgia, United States in front of a high ranking audience with complete success. ww2dbase [Columbus, Georgia | AC]

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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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