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April 29th, 1941 (TUESDAY)

UNITED KINGDOM: Channel Stop: Three Blenheims from 101 Sqn. attack two 1,500-ton ships off Nieuport. One Blenheim is shot up.

15 Blenheims of 82 Sqn make a sweep off Norway, one large freighter is damaged for the loss of two Blenheims.

Minesweeping trawler HMS Hildasay launched. (Dave Shirlaw)

GERMANY:

U-514 laid down.

U-84 commissioned. (Dave Shirlaw)

ITALY: Count Ciano writes: "The Croatian affair has taken many steps forward. The crown is offered to a prince of the house of Savoy..."

GREECE: Sgt. John Daniel Hinton (b. 1908), 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force, cleared three machine guns, a mortar and a German-held house before being taken, wounded. (VC)

Evacuations through this morning from Greece result in about 50,00 troops removed at a cost of 2 destroyers and 4 transports.

Greece falls. 223,000 P.O.W.s. Some Greek and British soldiers escaped to Crete. The  British lost 12,000 men and all their heavy equipment. The Germans lost 2,559 men, 5,820 wounded men, 3,169 missing men. (Steve Stathros)

SYRIA: In reply to a British warning of a possible German airborne attack against Syria, General Dentz replies that his orders are to resist all aggression.

CANADA: Submarine HMS Thunderbolt assigned to Halifax for convoy escort duty.

Corvettes HMCS Brandon and Shediac launched Lauzon, Province of Quebec.

Corvette HMCS Pictou commissioned.

 (Dave Shirlaw)

ATLANTIC OCEAN:

At 0229, the unescorted City of Nagpur was torpedoed and sunk by U-75 about 600 miles west of Valentia Island, Ireland. 15 crewmembers and one passenger were lost. The master, 170 crewmembers, eight gunners and 273 passengers were picked up by destroyer HMS Hurricane and landed at Greenock.

Destroyer HMS Hurricane rescued the master, 170 crewmembers, eight gunners and 273 passengers from the British steam passenger ship City of Nagpur which was sunk in position 52.30N, 26.00W by U-75. The survivors were landed at Greenock. (Dave Shirlaw)



 

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