World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Wednesday, July 9, 1941
Day 678

July 9, 1941: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the report at bottom left: " Hanged for Trying to Spy for Germany"
(George Johnson Armstrong, hanged at Wandsworth Galo. The first Briton, but the fourth person to die under the new treachery act. The other three were all foreigners.)


July 9, 1941: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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July 9, 1941: Front page of The Evening News And Southern Daily Mail, Portsmouth and Southsea, England.
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July 9, 1941: Front page of the Western Mail and South Wales News, Cardiff, Wales.
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Note the report in column 6: "U-Boat Reported Sunk"
(This Associated Press report from La Linea, Spain, claims British warships sank a U-boat in the Strait of Gibraltar. They even state that the bodies of two German sailors were recovered. However, no German submarines were lost in July of 1941 and I have no record of any submarine being sunk on or about this date.)


July 9, 1941: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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Note the report in column 2: "U-Boat Sunk Off Gibraltar"
(This unsourced report, from La Linea, Spain, claims it was aircraft from the Fleet air Arm that sank the U-boat off Gibraltar. It also states that two German sailors were taken prisoner.

Two days, four versions of this report. In yesterday's papers one report stated “a gunboat” rather than British warships and the second report stated “British bombers” sank the U-boat.)


July 9, 1941: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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July 9, 1941: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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July 9, 1941: Front page of The News, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
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Note the report in column 4: "Japanese May Occupy Indo-China"


July 9, 1941: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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July 9, 1941: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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Note the report in columns 1-2: "Martin Platz Of Blue Bomber Fame Missing"
(The ex-footballer was in a Wellington bomber of 99 Squadron RAF, on a mission to Köln when the aircraft went down. All six crewmen survived, but were taken prisoner by the Germans.)


July 9, 1941: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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July 9, 1941: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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Note the report in column 8: "Six More U.S. Nurses Missing in Second Atlantic Torpedoing"
(The unnamed ship was the Norwegian freighter Vigrid, which was sunk by U-371 on June 24, 1941.
Of the six nurses listed as missing, Phyllis Evans, Dorothea Koehn [misspelled Koeph] Dorothy Morse and Nancy Pott [misspelled Nancie M. Pett] perished.)
 
Also note the report in column 5: "Submarine Flying Fish Launched at Portsmouth"
(The boat survived the war and under the five commanding officers which served during the war, had a record of 15 ships sunk for over 58,000 tons.)
Also note the report at bottom left: "U.S. Warplane Output in June Totals 1,476, All-Time Record"


July 9, 1941: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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July 9, 1941: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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July 9, 1941: Front page of The Nevada State Journal, Reno, Nevada.
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July 9, 1941: Front page of the San Mateo Times, San Mateo, California.
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July 9, 1941: Front page of the Teltower Kreisblatt, Kreis Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany.
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1. Bolschewiken faseln vom Vaterland. Die chaotischen Zustände in der Sowjetunion.
(Bolsheviks babble about the fatherland. The chaotic conditions in the Soviet Union.)


July 9, 1941: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. ...erkämpft das Menschenrecht. Das ist das Paradies der Arbeiter Bauern und Soldaten!
(...fights for human rights. This is the paradise of workers, peasants and soldiers!)
[The headline refers to the photo of the pile of murdered people.]
2. Tausende von Brandbomben auf Southampton.
(Thousands of firebombs on Southampton.)



   
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