Sunday, January 17, 2010

Day 140 January 18, 1940

Having already destroyed Soviet 163rd & 44th divisions, Colonel Siilasvuo is ordered to take Finnish 9th division 30 miles South to Kuhmo to attack 54th division, another part of Red 9th Army (now commanded by V. I. Chuikov).

Bay of Biscay. U-44 torpedoes Danish vessel SS Canadian Reefer carrying fruit to Britain. The crew of 26 is rescued by a Spanish trawler.

U-boats hunt neutral Swedish steam merchants in the North Sea. At 4.25 PM, U-25 sinks SS Pajala with 3 torpedoes. HMS Northern Duke, escorting Pajala to Kirkwall for contraband inspection, rescues the crew of 35 and unsuccessfully attacks U-25 with depth charges. At 5.45 PM, U-55 sinks SS Foxen (17 lives lost). 2 survivors are rescued by Norwegian ships, one on Jan 24. At 10.30 PM, U-9 misses SS Patria with 2 torpedoes but sinks another Swedish boat SS Flandria with one torpedo at 11.53 PM (17 dead). 4 survivors will be rescued from a raft 2 days later by Norwegian merchant SS Balzac.

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