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Posted on 11/25/2010 5:42:54 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson
Irgun destroys transport in Haifa
Monday, November 25, 1940 www.onwar.com
In the Mediterranean... The SS Patria is blown up and sunk at the port of Haifa, in Palestine, by members of the Zionist terrorist organization Irgun Zvai Leumi to prevent the use of the ship to deport Palestinian Jews.
Over Britain... The prototype of the De Havilland Mosquito makes its maiden flight from Hatfield, despite limited German air activity over southeast England.
Over Germany... RAF Bomber Command raids Kiel and Wilhelmshaven during the night (October 25-26).
November 25th, 1940
RAF Bomber Command: 2 Group: 101 Sqn. attacks the oil refinery at Wanne Eickel. one aircraft makes a crash landing injuring the crew.
The prototype De Havilland D.H. 98 Mosquito, RAF s/n E0234, msn 98001, makes its first flight at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, piloted by Geoffrey de Havilland. (Jack McKillop)
Arthur Harris is appointed Deputy Chief of the Air Staff for the RAF.
The first success of mine sweepers against German acoustic mines; three are exploded.
Minesweeping trawler HMS Conquistador sunk in a collision in the Thames Estuary.
Minesweeping trawler HMS Kennymore mined and sunk in a collision in the Thames Estuary. (Dave Shirlaw)
On Dupuy’s first visit to Vichy he meets Petain, Darlan, Huntziger and Chevalier over the next 11 days. Petain assures Dupuy that ‘I am obliged officially to maintain the balance between both sides, but you know where my sympathies lie.’
Petain seemed willing to contemplate surrendering colonial bases to the Germans , regarding this as only ‘passive’ collaboration.
U-92, U-177 laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
Bulgaria responds to Soviet pressure and refuses to join the Axis pact.
The German puppet government of Slovakia signs the Tripartite Pact.
PALESTINE: 1,800 Jewish refugees from Germany, Czechoslovakia and Austria, were being transferred from three hulks anchored in Haifa to the French boat Patria with a view to their shipment to Mauritius. The Jewish Agency arranged for saboteurs to put the engines out of working order, but a miscalculation with the explosives results in the sinking of the ship and the death of over 250 people.
CANADA: Corvettes HMCS Cobalt and Orillia commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: The first Martin Model 179, USAAF B-26-MA Marauder, s/n 40-1361, msn 1226, makes its first flight at the Martin Airport in Middle River, Maryland, piloted by William K. Ebel, the chief engineer of the Glenn L. Martin Company. (Jack McKillop)
Walter Lanz releases Knock Knock, an Andy Panda cartoon. One of the characters that debuts is Woody Woodpecker. (Jack McKillop)
Day 452 November 25, 1940
Operation Collar. Admiral Somervilles Force H departs Gibraltar (battlecruiser HMS Renown, aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, cruisers HMS Sheffield and Despatch plus 11 destroyers) to escort convoy ME4 to Malta. They sail North of the convoy to screen against attack by the Italian fleet and will hand over the convoy to Mediterranean fleet warships (from Malta and Alexandria, Egypt) between Sardinia and Sicily on November 27.
500 miles East of New Zealand, German armed merchant cruisers Orion and Komet (accompanied by tanker Kulmerland) sink tiny New Zealand steamer Holmwood carrying 17 crew, 12 passengers including 9 women and children, 1,370 sheep and 1 horse from the remote Chatham Islands to the main Islands. The crew and passengers are taken off. Many of the sheep are taken on board the 3 German ships and slaughtered. The horse is killed on board Holmwood which is then sunk by shellfire. http://www.bismarck-class.dk/hilfskreuzer/orion.html
British liner SS Patria is blown up in Haifa Harbour, Palestine (now Israel), by Jewish paramilitary group Irgun which aims to prevent her from deporting Jewish refugees to Mauritius. The refugees are from Central Europe and have been refused entry to Palestine by the British Colonial Office. However, 213 of the 1771 refugees and 50 of the 130 British crew are killed.
2 minesweeping trawlers sink in the Thames Estuary. HMT Conquistador collides with another vessel and HMT Kennymore hits a mine (4 killed). Further North, motor launch ML-111 hits a mine and sinks (2 killed) 10 miles off Grimsby in the Humber Estuary.
In the Bay of Biscay 10 miles South of Lorient, France, British submarine HMS Talisman torpedoes a German tanker (which comes to a halt but does not sink) and captures French trawler Le Clipper (which is then used as a spy vessel to observe German submarine movements).
The Greeks will do fine as long as they are fighting the Italians. Against the Germans however...
Surprising to see Frances Perkins’ resignation reported. She must have reconsidered.