Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 743 September 12, 1941

After the loss of 13 ships in 2 days, convoy SC-42 is reinforced by the arrival of 3 corvettes (British HMS Gladiolus, Canadian HCMS Wetaskiwin & Free French Mimosa) and 8 destroyers (5 British HMS Douglas, Veteran, Leamington, Saladin & Skate and 3 American USS Sims, Russell & Charles F. Hughes). Catalinas of 209 Squadron provide air escort during daylight. The escorts prevent the U-boats from sinking any ships for the next 5 days.

Siege of Leningrad Day 5. Daily bread ration is cut to 500g for manual workers, 300g for office workers and children under 12. Food rations will be reduced further in coming months.

Operation EGV2. Fairey Albacore aircraft from British carrier HMS Victorious (escorted by cruisers HMS Devonshire & Suffolk and HMS destroyers Somali, Matabele & Punjabi) damage the Glomfjord hydroelectric power plant, Norway. They also attack ships at Bodo (20 miles away) with torpedoes.

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