September 5th, 1941
UNITED KINGDOM: This is how a Hurricane pilot who had run out of ammunition forced down a M.E. 109 during Saturday’s battle over Kent. ...
He gunned the German, feigned an attack, and eventually forced him to land in a field. Then he circled low and dropped a packet of cigarettes to the Nazi, who picked them up and waved acknowledgement.
Destroyer HMS Bicester launched. Escort carrier HMS Fencer laid down. Submarine HMS Universal laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
GERMANY: U-387 and U-631 laid down. (Dave Shirlaw)
BALTIC SEA: German forces complete the occupation of Estonia, occupied by the USSR in 1940.
U.S.S.R.: Moscow: As the Germans approach, all children under the age of 12 are evacuated from the city. Soviet submarine SC-136 commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)
COMMONWEALTH OF THE PHILIPPINES: Marshall offers MacArthur a first-class National Guard division. MacArthur declines and asks for more aircraft.
Initial flight of nine B-17D’s of the 14th Bombardment Squadron of the 14th Bombardment Squadron of the 19th B.G. are transferred to the Philippines.
CANADA: Minesweeper HMCS Ungava commissioned.
Minesweeper HMCS Nipigon arrived Halifax from builder Toronto, Ontario.
Corvettes HMCS Arvida, Barrie and Dauphin departed Sydney, Nova Scotia as escort Convoy SC-43.
Corvettes HMCS Chambly and Moose Jaw depart St John’s for exercises. (Dave Shirlaw)
U.S.A.: Roosevelt promises 5 B-17’s to the USSR as a token gesture.
The U.S. Army’s Chief of Staff, General George C. Marshall, issues a memorandum giving a “Brief Periodic Estimate of the World Situation.” The estimate for Japan states “beset with uncertainties, may do nothing, may attack the Maritime Provinces (the islands north of Hokkaido and all of the Sakhalin peninsula. Mike Lenox), may seek to expand to the Southwest; it is even possible that she may withdraw from the Axis. Japan also has the capability of concentrating her newly augmented forces against China and seeking a decision there. No indication or likelihood of this is seen. In the general picture and excluding China, where she must continue to fight, her most likely, but by no means certain course is inaction.” (Jack McKillop)
ATLANTIC OCEAN: U-141 sinks steam trawler Anders.
U-501 sinks SS Einvik in Convoy SC-41. (Dave Shirlaw)
stage is set. waiting on dec 7.
meanwhile, churchill watches as the russians get their brains beat out and feed limitless numbers of troops into the nazi grinder.