29 Sep 1940
  • Having dispersed Allied convoy OB-218 with previous attacks, German submarine U-32 caught up with British ship Bassa, now sailing alone, from behind and damaged her with a torpedo near the stern southwest of the island of Rockall between Britain and Iceland at 0053 hours. Bassa's crew members were observed by U-32 to have abandoned ship, but captain George Edward Anderson, the other 48 members of the crew, and the 1 navy gunner were never to be seen again. ww2dbase [First Happy Time | CPC]
  • British warships from Alexandria, Egypt bombarded the coastal road in Libya and attacked Italian shipping along the Libyan coast. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • While at sea, Scirè's mission to raid Gibraltar with manned torpedoes was canceled. ww2dbase [Scirè | CPC]
  • HMS Cumberland returned to Freetown, British West Africa (now Sierra Leone), British West Africa (now Sierra Leone) when operation abandoned. ww2dbase [Cumberland | DS]
United Kingdom
  • At 1600 hours, a large group of German aircraft, mostly fighters, conducted a sweep in Kent in southern England, United Kingdom; this sweep failed to draw British fighters. Overnight, London was heavily bombed, while Liverpool was also attacked. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | England | CPC]
US Pacific Islands
  • The US Marine Corps Midway Detachment of the Fleet Marine Force, under the command of Major Harold C. Roberts, arrived on Midway and began making camp and installing defenses. ww2dbase [Midway Bases | Midway | CPC]

29 Sep 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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