18 Nov 1940
  • Overnight, RAF bombers raided Gelsenkirchen in the Ruhr region of Germany, bombing the Scholven/Buer hydrogenation plant, which made aviation fuel, and Gelsenberg-Benzin-AG plant, which converted bituminous coal to synthetic oil. ww2dbase [Bombing of Hamburg, Dresden, and Other Cities | CPC]
  • German submarine U-65 sank British tanker Congonian 125 miles west of Freetown, Sierra Leone at 1802 hours; 1 was killed and 35 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian submarine Baracca sank British ship Lilian Moller 250 miles northwest of Ireland, killing the entire crew. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British cruiser HMS York departed Port Said, Egypt with a battalion of troops for Suda Bay, Crete, Greece, and anti-aircraft guns for Piraeus, Greece. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | York | CPC]
  • HMS Edinburgh departed Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde, Scotland, United Kingdom to escort Allied convoy WS4B to Freetown, British West Africa. ww2dbase [Edinburgh | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Nov 1940
An American-built B-24 Liberator bomber en route to the United Kingdom as part of the Lend-Lease program, 18 Nov 1940Vyacheslav Molotov and Adolf Hitler at the Reich Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 18 Nov 1940; note Wilhelm Keitel in backgroundInstallation of a gun of No. 3 turret of battleship North Carolina, New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, 18 Nov 1940

18 Nov 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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