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 Künne 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 Künne took control of the ship for the remainder of her journey to Kiel. ww2dbase [HM]
Atlantic Ocean
  • The German pocket-battleship, Admiral Graf Spee (Kapitän 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 [Main Article | AC]
France
  • French forces on the French-German border fell back to the Maginot Line in anticipation of a German invasion. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Germany
  • Reinhard Heydrich became the leader of new Reich Main Security Office, RSHA. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
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
  • Joseph Rochefort reported to heavy cruiser Indianapolis at San Pedro, California, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 30 Sep 1939
Pile of Polish rifles collected by German troops, Warsaw, Poland, Sep 1939A Soviet bunker destroyed by Slovakian troops, Poland, late Sep 1939

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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