5 Sep 1940
  • Matrosenobergefreiter Heinrich Mantyk fell overboard from German submarine U-47 300 miles northwest of Ireland while operating the deck gun. He was lost. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • German armed merchant cruiser Komet completed its voyage across the Northern Sea Route and entered the Pacific Ocean via the Bering Strait. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Japanese troops crossed the border into Indochina without French permission; French negotiator Maurice Martin suspended all talks in protest. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Hungarian troops entered Northern Transylvania, territory that German and Italy forced Romania to cede to Hungary. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • 6 Blenheim IV bombers and 6 Hurricane fighters arrived in crates at Takoradi at the British Colony of the Gold Coast. These aircraft would soon be assembled and flown to RAF Abu Sueir, Egypt near the Suez Canal for the war against Italy in North Africa. ww2dbase [CPC]
Japan Romania
  • Ion Antonescu became the Prime Minister of Romania and King Carol II transferred most of his dictatorial powers to him. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • King Carol II swore in General Ion Antonescu as the new Prime Minister of Romania, and transferred a great part of the throne's dictatorial powers to him. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • In the morning, German bombers attacked RAF airfields at Eastchurch, Lympne, North Weald, Kenley, and Biggin Hill in England, United Kingdom; in the afternoon, German bombers attacked RAF airfields at Detling and Biggin Hill, as well as the Hawker factories at Brooklands and oil storage tanks at Thameshaven. Eastchurch and Biggin Hill were placed out of action after sustaining heavy damage, while the fires at Thameshaven could be seen from London. When Churchill spoke to the House of Commons on this day, he promised compensation for families who had lost homes due to German attacks. On this day, 23 German aircraft were lost, as were 20 RAF fighters. Overnight, London, Manchester, and Liverpool were bombed by German bombers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • James Lacey shot down two German Bf 109 fighters over Britain. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

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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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