Key WWII events - September 1940

Tripartite Pact signed in Berlin between Germany, Italy & Japan
The Blitz of British cities by the German air force begins
Anglo-American Destroyers for Bases Deal is signed
'Operation Sealion' the German plan to invade Britain is postponed
Italian forces invade Egypt

Image of British battleship Resolution September 1940

British battleship Resolution

Axis Sep-40 Allied
France flag italy flag german flag Total Class Total british flag free France flag canada flag australia flag new zealand flag poland flag netherlands flag norway flag
2 4 0 4 Battleships 13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 Fleet Carriers 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 Light Carriers 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 7 2 9 Heavy Cruisers 13 11 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
9 13 2 15 Light Cruisers 48 38 0 0 4 2 0 4 0
53 84 29 113 Destroyers 163 137 2 6 5 0 4 7 2
64 99 36 135 Submarines 76 50 4 0 0 0 1 21 0
1 0 0 0 Escort Carriers 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 34 13 47 Escorts 90 71 15 0 4 0 0 0 0
3 0 8 8 Other 53 47 0 2 3 1 0 0 0

 

 

Class USA flag japan flag soviet flag argentina flag brazil flag chile flag columbia flag peru flag denmark flag sweden flag portugal flag spain flag yugo flag greece flag turkey flag Romania flag thailand flag
Battleships 15 10 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Fleet Carriers 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Light Carriers 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Heavy Cruisers 18 17 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Light Cruisers 19 17 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
Destroyers 220 90 50 16 7 8 2 2 0 18 5 16 9 19 4 7 10
Submarines 71 51 188 3 4 9 0 4 8 16 4 4 4 6 7 1 4
Escort Carriers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Escorts 0 29 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
Other 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 0 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 4

 

 

Allied and Axis Naval Losses

Contains the lost and damaged (and therefore out of action) warships by country.
These are changes that happen during the month and figures will be reflected in the following month's tables.

Allied Losses

british flag Lost Report
Godetia Corvette Collision with merchant ship Marsa 3 miles off Altacarry Head, Northern Ireland 55.18N 05.57W 06/09/1940
Dundee Sloop Torpedoed by German submarine U-48 NW of Ireland, in the North Atlantic 56.45N 14.14W 15/09/1940
Damaged Report
Barham Battleship Damaged by gunfire from Vichy French warship Richelieu off Dakar, French West Africa, 15" shell hit ship's bows, but she remained operational 25/09/1940. Withdrawn from service for repair at Gibraltar 15/10/1940
Resolution Battleship Damaged by torpedo from Vichy French submarine Beveziers, off Dakar, French West Africa, during Operation Menace, hitting port side causing major structural damage 25/09/1940 Towed by British warship Barham to Freetown, Sierra Leone for temporary repair 30/09/1940
Sussex Cruiser Withdrawn for repair to defective turbine, Princes Dock, Glasgow. Damaged by bomb from German aircraft whilst in dry-dock at Princes Dock, Glasgow during air raid. 250 Ib bomb hit her engine room causing major fire & threatened magazines. Dry-dock had to be flooded to control fire & local area had to be evacuated. Flooding caused by fighting fires she capsized 17/09/1940. Damage assessment showed extensive structural damage 20/09/1940
Cumberland Cruiser Damaged by Vichy French shore battery, during Operation Menace a combined British & Free French attack on Dakar, French West Africa. Hit by 9.4" shell which fractured steam pipes & electricity cables. Her 4" magazine was flooded as a precaution 23/09/1940. Arrived Freetown, Sierra Leone for repair 29/09/1940
Fiji Cruiser Damaged by torpedo from German submarine U-32 off the Hebrides, N of Rockall, in the North Atlantic 01/09/1940
Kent Cruiser Damaged by torpedo from Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM 79 aircraft in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, torpedo hit stern damaging her propeller shafts, ship towed by British warship Nubian to Alexandria, 32 dead 18/09/1940
Chesterfield Destroyer Damaged in collision with British warship Churchill at Halifax, NS 10/09/1940
Churchill Destroyer Damaged in collision with British warship Chesterfield at Halifax, NS 10/09/1940
Inglefield Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from Vichy French shore battery off Dakar, during Operation Menace. Ship was hit by 7.5" shell, but she remained operational 23/09/1940
Veteran Destroyer Damaged by German acoustic mine in Thames estuary 26/09/1940
Stork Sloop Damaged by bombs from German aircraft, in the North Sea, serious damage to her stern structure & propeller shafts 08/09/1940
Atherstone Destroyer Escort Damaged by bombs & near misses from German aircraft, whilst escorting an English Channel convoy into the Thames Estuary. Hit by 2 bombs causing serious damage & flooding 11/09/1940

 

Axis Losses

german flag Damaged Report
T 03 Destroyer Bombed by British aircraft in Le Havre harbour, 9 dead 19/09/1940. Raised later
U-57 Submarine Sunk after collision with Norwegian ship Rona at Brunsbutel, Schleswig-Holstein 6 dead, 19 survivors 03/09/1940. Raised later
italy flag Lost Report
Aquilone Destroyer Mined laid by Fairey Swordfish aircraft British warship Illustrious, whilst leaving Benghazi harbour, Libya 17/09/1940
Borea Destroyer Sunk by Fairey Swordfish aircraft from British warship Illustrious in Benghazi harbour 17/09/1940
Palestro Submarine Torpedoed by British submarine Osiris, in the Otranto Straits, in the Adriatic Sea 41.19N 18.34E 22/09/1940
Gondar Submarine Scuttled after being damaged by British Short Sunderland aircraft & Australian warship Stuart, off Alexandria, in the Mediterranean Sea 30/09/1940
France flag Lost Report
L'Audacieux Destroyer Damaged by gunfire from Australian warship Australia off Dakar, ship set on fire & had to beached by her crew 23/09/1940. Re-floated & towed to Bizerte to be repaired
Ajax Submarine Sunk by British warship Fortune outside Dakar harbour, 76 survivors captured 24/09/1940
Persee Submarine Sunk British warships Foresight & Inglefield off Dakar 23/09/1940

 

Neutral Losses

No neutral losses this month

 

Commissioned - Details ships newly commissioned during the month.

Allied Commissioned

british flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Nigeria Light Cruiser Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle Jul 1939 12 x 6"; 8 x 4"; 8 x 1.5"; 6 x 21" TT; 2 Aircraft 3.5"-1.5" 31.5 10450 920
Kenya Light Cruiser Alex Stephen & Sons, Ltd, Govan Aug 1939 12 x 6"; 8 x 4"; 8 x 1.5"; 6 x 21" TT; 2 Aircraft 3.5"-1.5" 31.5 10450 920
Phoebe Light Cruiser Fairfield Shipbuilding Co, Govan Mar 1939 8 x 5.25"; 1 x 4"; 8 x 1.6"; 6 x 21" TT 3"-1" 32.2 7515 530
Dido Light Cruiser Cammell Laird, Birkenhead Jul 1939 8 x 5.25"; 1 x 4"; 8 x 1.6"; 6 x 21" TT 3"-1" 32.2 7515 530
Bath* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Jun 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1060 146
Brighton* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA Nov 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1060 146
Burnham* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA Apr 1919 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1215 139
Caldwell* Destroyer Union Iron Works, Bath, ME May 1919 4 x 4"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1247 146
Cameron* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Squantum, MA May 1919 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1250 146
Campbeltown* Destroyer Union Iron Works, Bath, ME Jan 1919 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1247 146
Castleton* Destroyer Union Iron Works, Bath, ME Apr 1919 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1247 146
Charlestown* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Jul 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1247 146
Chelsea* Destroyer Union Iron Works, Bath, ME Jul 1919 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1247 146
Chesterfield* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Mar 1920 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1250 146
Churchill* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA May 1919 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1250 146
Clare* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Feb 1920 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 25 1250 146
Georgetown* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA Oct 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1247 146
Leeds* Destroyer William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA Jul 1917 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 30 1087 146
Roxborourgh* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA Dec 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1247 146
St. Mary's* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Oct 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1247 146
Unique Submarine Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Jun 1940 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 11.25 630 33
Upright Submarine Vickers & Armstrong Ltd, Barrow Apr 1940 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 11.25 630 33
Asphodel Corvette George Brown & Co, Greenock May 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Campanula Corvette Fleming & Ferguson Shipbuilding, Paisley May 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Cyclamen Corvette John Lewis & Sons Ltd, Aberdeen Jun 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Gentian Corvette Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast Aug 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Heliotrope Corvette John Crown & Sons Ltd, Sunderland Jun 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Honeysuckle Corvette Ferguson Bros, Ltd, Glasgow Apr 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Nasturtium Corvette Smith's Dock Co, Ltd, South Bank-on-Tees Jul 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Picotee Corvette Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast Jul 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Salvia Corvette William Simons & Co, Renfrew Aug 1940 1 x 4"; 40 DC 16.5 1245 109
Cleveland Destroyer Escort Yarrow & Co, Glasgow Apr 1940 4 x 4"; 4 x 1.6" pp 28 1450 147
Bridlington Minesweeper William Denny & Bros, Ltd, Dumbarton Feb 1940 1 x 3"; 40 DC 16.5 690 60
Ex American Destroyers*
canada flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Annapolis* Destroyer Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA Jul 1918 4 x 4"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1060 146
Columbia* Destroyer Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport, VA Jul 1918 4 x 4"; 2 x 0.5" AA; 12 x 21" TT 35 1060 146
Hamilton* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA Apr 1919 4 x 4"; 2 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1090 139
Margaree Destroyer Palmers Shipbuilding, Jarrow-on-Tyne Jun 1932 4 x 4.7"; 1 x 3"; 2 x 1.6" pp; 8 x 21" TT   36 1400 145
Niagara* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA Aug 1918 4 x 4"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1060 146
St Clair* Destroyer Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA Jul 1918 4 x 4"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1060 146
St Croix* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA Jan 1919 4 x 4"; 1 x 3"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1190 146
St Francis* Destroyer Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA Mar 1919 4 x 4"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1190 146
Ex American Destroyers*

 

Axis Commissioned

germany flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Z 23 Destroyer Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Dec 1939 4 x 5.9"; 4 x 37 mm; 6 x 20 mm; 8 x 21" TT; 60 Mines; 4 DC 38.5 2527 321
U-73 Submarine Bremer Vulkan, Bremen-Vegesack Jul 1940 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 741 44
U-96 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Aug 1940 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-97 Submarine Krupp Germaniawerft, Kiel Aug 1940 1 x 88 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 5 x 21" TT   17.9 749 44
U-105 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Jun 1940 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1034 48
U-106 Submarine Deschimag AG 'Weser', Bremen Jun 1940 1 x 105 mm; 1 x 37 mm; 1 x 20 mm; 6 x 21" TT   18.2 1034 48

 

Neutral Commissioned

USA flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Wasp Fleet Carrier Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA Apr 1939 8 x 5"; 16 x 1.1"; 24 x 0.5"; 76 aircraft 1.5"-1.25" 29.5 14700 2167
Charles F Hughes Destroyer Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA May 1940 5 x 5"; 6 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 35 1839 208
Hilary P Jones Destroyer Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC Dec 1939 5 x 5"; 6 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 35 1839 208
Kearny Destroyer FederalĀ  Shipbuilding, Kearny, NJ Mar 1940 5 x 5"; 6 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 35 1839 208
Lansdale Destroyer Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA Oct 1939 5 x 5"; 6 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 35 1839 208
Mayo Destroyer Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, MA Mar 1940 5 x 5"; 6 x 0.5"; 10 x 21" TT 35 1839 208
R 01 Submarine Fore River Co, Quincy, MA Aug 1918 1 x 3"; 4 x 21" TT 13.5 530 33
S 11 Submarine Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH Feb 1921 1 x 4"; 1 x 0.5"; 4 x 21" TT 15 800 42
S 30 Submarine Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, CA Nov 1918 1 x 4"; 1 x 0.5"; 4 x 21" TT 14.5 800 42
S 31 Submarine Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, CA Dec 1918 1 x 4"; 1 x 0.5"; 4 x 21" TT 14.5 800 42
S 32 Submarine Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, CA Jan 1919 1 x 4"; 1 x 0.5"; 4 x 21" TT 14.5 800 42
S 33 Submarine Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, CA Dec 1918 1 x 4"; 1 x 0.5"; 4 x 21" TT 14.5 800 42
Boggs Minesweeper Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA Apr 1918 4 x 4"; 12 x 21" TT 35 1090 139
japan flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
I 15 Submarine Kure Naval Dockyard Mar 1939 1 x 5.5"; 2 x 25 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 1 Aircraft   23.6 2198 101
I 20 Submarine Kure Naval Dockyard Jan 1939 1 x 5.5"; 2 x 25 mm; 8 x 21" TT 23.5 2184 101
soviet flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
K 23 Submarine Ordzhonikidze Yard, Leningrad Apr 1939 2 x 100 mm; 1 x 45 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 20 Mines 21 1490 60
sweden flag Class Builder Launched Armament Armour Speed Tons Crew
Karlskrona Destroyer Karlsrona Navy Yard Jun 1939 3 x 4.7"; 6 x 25 mm; 6 x 21" TT; 2 DC throwers; 20 Mines 39 1040 135