Diary June 30, 1941

from British captivity escaped  German fighter pilot von Werra
The from British captivity escaped German fighter pilot von Werra photographed next to a downed Russian bomber.
Diary for Monday, June 30, 1941:

Air War

Eastern Front: Elite German fighter wing JG 51 shoots down 100 Russian bombers attacking Guderian’s Panzers east of Minsk. The commander, Moelders, personally destroys 5 bombers. First air raid alert in Moscow (false alarm).
Germany: RAF daylight raids on Bremen and Kiel; Halifax bombers participate in the Kiel raid.

Eastern Front

Operation Barbarossa: Germans complete encirclement of large Russian forces in Bialystok ‘pocket’.

Sea War

Mediterranean: British sub Torbay sinks 2 merchant ships, 6 sailing vessels and Italian submarine Jantina (June 30 – July 5).


Vichy France: Government breaks off diplomatic relations with Russia.

Sea War

Merchant shipping losses in June 1941: 104 Allied ships with 415,255 tons in Atlantic, 5 Allied ship with 16,770 tons elsewhere.
17 Axis ships with 58,425 tons in Mediterranean.
3 U-boats sunk in the Atlantic, Arctic or Baltic. 32 serviceable U-boats in Atlantic.

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