The Cruiser Penelope is sunk by U-410
off Naples and earns the distinction of being the last British
cruiser to be lost in the war.
The Admiralty announces
an 11-day battle with U-boats in Straits of Gibraltar, during
which three ships are sunk and several damaged.
The allies announce that
Russia is to get a third of Italian fleet, or equivalent in
British and American warships.
After being hit by 133
RAF bombs and rockets the day before, the Italian pre-war luxury
liner Rex capsizes and sinks off Trieste, where it had been
mothballed for much of the war. The Rex was the only Italian
ship ever to hold the North Atlantic “Blue Ribbon” for
the fastest trans-Atlantic crossing.
The French battle fleet enters Toulon.
British naval units begin operations
against the German occupied islands in the Aegean Sea in the
A German hospital ship, Tübingen
is sunk accidentally by allied aircraft in the Adriatic, but
luckily no wounded were onboard. The British express regret
to the German authorities about the mistake.