Germans bomb Hastings instead of London
Saturday, October 5, 1940 www.onwar.com
Over Britain... German fighter bombers, attempting to reach London and southeastern airfields, jettison their bombs over Hastings.
From Washington... The Tripartite Pact is condemned by Navy Secretary Knox and he announces that he is calling up some of the naval reserve.
October 5th, 1940
UNITED KINGDOM: Battle of Britain: West Malling and Detling airfields are attacked and Southampton is bombed without opposition in the air.
Fighter Command flies 1,175 sorties - a record.
A single raider starts a fire at Hawker’s Kingston factory, and New Cross (London) telephone exchange is also seriously damaged.
With better weather today, Bf109s and 110s operate high over Kent and London, then KG77 mounts an afternoon raid on Southampton.
The Bf110s of Erpro 210 attack the new airfield at West Malling offering the Polish pilots of 303 Squadron an opportunity they seized eagerly. Four of the 110s, including the Kommandeur, were shot down and two more crash-landed with injured crews in the Pas de Calais.
To set against this success, 607 Squadron from Tangmere was bounced by 109s over Swanage and four Spitfires shot down, all pilots surviving unhurt.
Losses: Luftwaffe, 13; RAF, 8.
London: The Lord Mayor’s Air Raid Relief fund has raised £5 million.
GERMANY: U-214 is laid down.
U-657 is laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
JAPAN: Tokyo: Prime Minister, Prince Konoye, warns that war with the US is inevitable if the US goes on seeing the Axis as hostile.
CANADA: The fourth group of ships involved in the destroyers-for-bases agreement—USS Branch (DD-197), USS Hunt (DD-194), USS Mason (DD-191), USS Satterlee (DD-190), USS Laub (DD-263), USS Aulick (DD-258), USS Edwards (DD-265) and USS McLanahan (DD-264)—arrive at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Corvette HMCS SHEDIAC and corvette HMCS PICTOU are laid down at Lauzon, Province of Quebec.
Patrol craft HMCS Vison is commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: * Secretary of the Navy Knox places all Organized Reserve divisions and aviation squadrons of the Organized Reserve on short notice for call to active duty and grants authority to call fleet reservists as necessary. Before this date, Naval Reserve personnel had been ordered to active duty on a voluntary basis only.
He also denounces the Tripartite Pact.
Submarine USS GATO is laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
Following the premiere of “Knute Rockne-All American” yesterday in South Bend, Indiana, the two stars, Pat O’Brien and Ronald Reagan, attend a Notre Dame football game where Kate Smith sings “God Bless America” at halftime. (Jack McKillop)