1 Dec 1940
  • Italian submarine Argo torpedoed Canadian destroyer HMCS Saguenay 200 miles west of Ireland, destroying the bow and killing 21. Saguenay would later able to reach Barrow in Furness, England, United Kingdom for repairs that would last until 22 May 1941. ww2dbase [TH]
  • Werner Mölders claimed his 55th victory. ww2dbase [Werner Mölders | CPC]
  • Norwegian troop ship Oslofjord hit a mine and sank in the River Tyne, England, United Kingdom at 0820 hours; 1 was killed and 179 survived. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer sank British ship Tribesman 500 miles west of the Cape Verde islands; 8 were killed and 14 survived. ww2dbase [Admiral Scheer | CPC]
  • German submarine U-37 sank British ship Palmella 200 miles west of Porto, Portugal at 2022 hours. 1 was killed; 28 survivors were picked up by Spanish trawler Navemar. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Allied convoy HX-90 became undefended 340 miles west of Ireland after her ocean escorts departed and coastal escorts failing to arrive due to poor weather. At 2012 hours, German submarine U-101 sank the already-damaged British tanker Appalachee (7 killed, 32 survived) and damaged British ship Loch Ranza. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • German submarine U-101 sank the already-damaged British tanker Appalachee (7 killed, 32 survived) and damaged British ship Loch Ranza. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Major General Thomas Holcomb was appointed to a second term as the Commandant of the US Marine Corps. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Adolf Galland was promoted to the rank of Oberst. ww2dbase [Adolf Galland | CPC]
  • Romania established diplomatic relationship with the Japanese-sponsored puppet state of Manchukuo. ww2dbase [CPC]
Mexico Photo(s) dated 1 Dec 1940
A sergeant in the Dorking Home Guard cleaning his Thompson submachine gun in his home, Dorking, southern England, United Kingdom, 1 Dec 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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