Events occurring on Monday, December 16, 1940  
 
  The Air War Over Europe  
  The first "area bombing" raid on a German city was conducted when a group of 134 RAF bombers attacked Mannheim, Germany during the night of December 16-17. Large fires were started on both banks of the Rhine River.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The 223 ton Spanish steam merchant San Carlos was attacked by gunfire and after the crew abandoned ship was scuttled by the U-37, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Asmus Nicolai Clausen, off Cape Juby, Morocco in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 1 died and 27 survived.  
   
  South America in WW2  
  The heavy cruiser USS Louisville (CA 28) departed Rio de Janeiro, Brazil bound for Bahia, Brazil as she continued "showing the flag" in Latin American waters.  
   
  The Pacific Before Pearl Harbor  
  Patrol Wing 10 was formed in the U.S. Navy Asiatic Fleet organization.  
     
   
  December 1940 Calendar  
   
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