Events occurring on Saturday, April 13, 1940  
  Operation Weserübung - The German Invasion of Norway and Denmark  
  The Second Battle of Narvik occurred when the British battleship HMS Warspite, 9 destroyers, and the aircraft carrier HMS Furious under Vice-Admiral William Jock Whitworth, entered Ototfjord to destroy the remaining German flotilla at Narvik. Three German destroyers and the U-64 were sunk and 5 others were scuttled by their own crew when their fuel and ammunition ran out. The Germans damaged three British destroyers. 2,600 German sailors survived and joined Major General Eduard Dietl’s forces at Narvik.  
  The damaged and beached Norwegian Cruiser-minelayer HNoMS Frøya was administered a coup de grâce to prevent salvage operations by the U-34, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Rollmann, Søtvika, Norway.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The U-64, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Georg-Wilhelm Schulz, was sunk in the Herjangsfjord near Narvik, Norway by a bomb from a Swordfish aircraft carried on the battleship HMS Warspite (03). Of the ship’s complement, 8 died and 38 survived and made it back to Germany. During its career under Kapitänleutnant Schulz the U-64 sank or damaged no ships.  
  After some engagements with German warships, the damaged Norwegian cruiser-minelayer HNoMS Frøya was beached near Søtvika, Norway and demolished by the crew when the fortress surrendered and the ship was trapped in the Fjord. Later that day the U-34, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Wilhelm Rollmann, struck the vessel with a coup de grâce to prevent salvage operations, ripping off the stern.  
  The Royal Air Force  
  RAF Bomber Command mounted the first ARF minelaying operation of the war. Fifteen Handley Page Hampdens were dispatched and of this force, fourteen laid sea mines off Denmark with one aircraft being lost. During the course of the war, the RAF flew 19,917 minelaying sorties. The sea mines sank 638 vessels at a cost of 450 lost aircraft.  
  The United States Navy  
  The destroyer USS J. Fred Talbott (DD 247) returned to the Canal Zone after rendezvousing at sea with the Japanese steamship Arimasan Maru and providing medical assistance to a passenger on board. The warship’s medical officer would remain with the patient until the Japanese vessel reached Balboa, Panama.  
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