8 Sep 1941
  • Leningrad in northern Russia became completely surrounded as German troops reached Lake Ladoga at Orekhovets. German aircraft attacked the city with primary targets being warehouses that might be holding food. ww2dbase [Siege of Leningrad | TH]
  • British Flying Fortress bombers unsuccessfully attacked the German cruiser Admiral Scheer in Oslofjord, Norway. ww2dbase [Admiral Scheer | CPC]
  • British sloop HMS Rosemary and Polish destroyer Burza collided at Milford Haven, Wales, United Kingdom; both suffered minor damage. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German aircraft attacked and damaged British destroyers HMS Kipling, HMS Kimberley, and HMS Decoy as the ships carried supplies from Alexandria, Egypt for besieged Tobruk, Libya. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • USS Grampus began patrolling in the Caribbean Sea. ww2dbase [Grampus | CPC]
  • Joseph Rochefort's cryptanalytic team detected increased radio traffic between carriers and land bases, and interpreted it as the Japanese Navy conducting fitting out operations of carriers with new air groups. ww2dbase [Attack on Pearl Harbor | Detailed Timetable | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • HMS Croome, escorting Allied convoy OG 75, spotted Italian submarine Maggiore Baracca on the surface in the northern Atlantic Ocean at about 0730 hours. Maggiore Baracca dove, but depth charges launched by HMS Croome forced her to surface astern of the destroyer. The two ships exchanged gunfire until the Italian deck gun crew members were killed by British machine gun fire. HMS Croomed proceeded to ram Maggiore Baracca, causing her to sink quickly at about 0730 hours. The British destroyer was slightly damaged at the bow from the ramming and took on some flooding; she would sail at the speed of 8 knots toward Gibraltar to receive repairs. 28 Italians were killed in this sinking; 34 survived. ww2dbase [Maggiore Baracca | CPC]
Germany Japan
  • Shokaku arrived at Yokosuka, Japan and disembarked Commander First Air Fleet. ww2dbase [Shokaku | Yokosuka, Kanagawa | CPC]
United States

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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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