28 Nov 1940
  • British minesweeping trawler HMT Manx Prince hit a mine and sank in the mouth of the Humber Estuary in England, United Kingdom. The entire crew survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-104 disappeared off the northern coast of Ireland, presumably sunk by a mine. The crew of 49 was never heard from again. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-103 sank Greek ship Mount Athos northwest of Ireland at 0842 hours (19 killed) and sank British ship St. Elwyn at 2024 hours (24 killed, 16 survived). ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-95 attacked Norwegian ship Ringhorn with two torpedoes 300 miles northwest of Ireland, with both missing. At 1025 hours, U-95 fired her deck gun and temporarily stopped Ringhorn; seeing the ship did not sink and U-95 had left the area, the escaped crew reboarded the ship and sailed the ship to Belfast. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Italian destroyers Pigafetta, Da Recco, Pessagno, and Riboty bombarded Greek positions on the island of Corfu. ww2dbase [Balkans Campaign | CPC]
  • Flight Lieutenant John Dundas of No. 609 squadron shot down Major Helmut Wick in air combat over the English channel, south of the Isle of Wight. Wick, the Geschwaderkommodore of JG 2, was Germany's current highest scoring ace of the war at the time with 56 kills to his credit. Major Wick was seen to parachute from his Messerschmitt and drift towards the water but his body was never recovered. By a cruel twist of fate, on the day that he died, Major Wick was pictured standing with Hermann Göring on the front cover of the Berlin magazine Illustrirte Zeitung. ww2dbase [AC]
  • Lieutenant General Waichiro Sonobe ordered the Japanese 11th Army to fall back in Hubei Province, China. ww2dbase [Battle of Han River | Hubei | CPC]
  • Captain Tokuji Mori was named the commanding officer of Settsu. ww2dbase [Settsu | CPC]
Mediterranean Sea
  • Operation Collar: British Royal Navy Force H handed off the responsibility of escorting Allied convoy ME4 to the Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet. At 1430 hours, British freighters Clan Forbes and Clan Fraser of this convoy reached Malta. British freighter New Zealand Star would continue sailing, escorted by cruisers and destroyers, for Alexandria, Egypt. ww2dbase [Malta Campaign | CPC]
  • German Reserve Police Battalion 101 was deployed to the Łódź ghetto and was given orders to shoot anyone who came too close to the fence. ww2dbase [Łódź | CPC]
United Kingdom
  • German Luftwaffe bombers attacked Liverpool, England, United Kingdom overnight. A parachute mine hit Edge Hill Training College on Durning Road, the site of a large underground shelter; the blast, boiling water from a damaged boiler, and gas from damaged pipes killed 166 of the about 300 civilians taking shelter there. 96 were seriously injured. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | Liverpool, England | AC]
Photo(s) dated 28 Nov 1940
Chinese Red Cross report to Chiang Kaishek noting the Japanese use of bubonic plague as a weapon at Changde, China on 4 Nov 1940; report compiled on 28 Nov 1940

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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