9 Nov 1940
  • German armed merchant cruiser Atlantis, disguised as British auxiliary cruiser HMS Antenor in the darkness before dawn, closed in on Norwegian tanker Teddy in the Bay of Bengal and captured the ship with a boarding party without firing a shot. Atlantis refueled from Teddy's cargo of 10,000 tons of fuel oil and captured the crew of 32. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Neville Chamberlain passed away of cancer. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Free French forces entered Libreville, Gabon, French Equatorial Africa, engaging in street fighting with Vichy French forces. Off Libreville, Free French sloop Savorgnan de Brazza sunk Vichy sloop Bougainville by gunfire (they two were sister ships of the same class), while Free French sloop Commandant Domine prevented Vichy armed merchant cruiser Cap Des Palmes' crew from scuttling the ship and captured her. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Sebastiano Visconti Prasca was relieved as commander of Italian operations in Greece for the failures to breakthrough Greek defense lines in northern Greece. He was replaced by General Ubaldo Soddu. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Swedish ship Vingaland, damaged on the previous day by German bombers west of Ireland, was sunk by Italian submarine Marconi; the 19 survivors were picked up by British ship Danae II. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • American ship City Of Rayville hit a naval mine (laid by German ship Passat) and sank 20 miles off Cape Otway, South Australia, Australia; 1 was killed and 39 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
Finland
  • Alpo Marttinen was promoted to the rank of major. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Winston Churchill moved his weekend retreat to discrete Ditchley Hall, near Charlbury in Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom as a precaution against a possible German assassination attack on the Prime Ministers' official retreat at Chequers, Buckinghamshire, or on his home at Chartwell House in Westerham, Kent. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
Photo(s) dated 9 Nov 1940
Installation of a gun of No. 2 turret of battleship North Carolina, New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, 9 Nov 1940, photo 1 of 2Installation of a gun of No. 2 turret of battleship North Carolina, New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, 9 Nov 1940, photo 2 of 2

9 Nov 1940 Interactive Map

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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