30 Sep 1939
  • No. 150 Squadron RAF lost four out of five Fairey Battle light bombers to German Bf 109 fighters. After this unescorted missions were ordered to cease. ww2dbase [AC]
  • At 0059 hours, German destroyer Hermann K√ľnne stopped the 1,819-ton neutral Norwegian merchant steamer Kvernaas, which had already been intercepted by German destroyer Wilhelm Heidkamp on the previous day and was already obeying orders to sail to Kiel, Germany. A prize crew from Hermann K√ľnne took control of the ship for the remainder of her journey to Kiel. ww2dbase [HM]
Atlantic Ocean
  • The German pocket-battleship, Admiral Graf Spee (Kapit√§n Zur See Hans Langsdorff), intercepted her first victim, the SS Clement, off Brazil. But the 5,084-ton ocean-going tramp steamer reported the pocket-battleship as the Admiral Scheer, a report that confused the eight Raider Hunting Forces formed jointly by the British Admiralty and the French Ministry of Marine. ww2dbase [Admiral Graf Spee | AC]
France
  • French forces on the French-German border fell back to the Maginot Line in anticipation of a German invasion. ww2dbase [Maginot Line | CPC]
Germany United Kingdom
  • Deaths in automobile accidents in Britain at night in the month of Sep 1939 increased from 617 in the previous month to 1,130; night time blackout was blamed. ww2dbase [CPC]
United States Photo(s) dated 30 Sep 1939
Pile of Polish rifles collected by German troops, Warsaw, Poland, Sep 1939A Polish bunker destroyed by Slovakian troops, Poland, late Sep 1939

30 Sep 1939 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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