Events occurring on Thursday, May 9, 1940  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The French submarine FFR Doris (Q 135) was torpedoed and sunk by the U-9, commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Wolfgang Lüth, in the North Sea. All of the ship’s complement of 45 died.  
  Luxembourg in WW2  
  Reports of German troop movements reached Luxembourg City during the night and prompted the immediate flight of the Royal Family and four of the Grand Duchy’s five cabinet ministers. The entourage would arrive in Paris after a harrowing four day journey over the refugee clogged roads of eastern France.  
  May 1940 Calendar  
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