Events occurring on Monday, October 7, 1940  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  A straggler from Convoy OB-225, the Norwegian motor merchant Touraine was torpedoed and sunk by the U-59, commanded by Joachim Matz, west of Bloody Foreland, Ireland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 1 died and 34 survived. The 5,811 ton Touraine was carrying ballast and was bound for Sydney, Nova Scotia.  
   
  The United States Navy  
  Admiral James O. Richardson arrived in Washington for conferences with the U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and U.S. Navy and U.S. State Department officials concerning the retention of the U.S. Fleet in Hawaiian waters as a deterrent to Japan. Richardson would depart to return to the fleet on October 11, 1940. Less than 5 months later he would be relieved of his post early as a result of his continuing disagreement over basing the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.  
   
  South America in WW2  
  The heavy cruiser USS Louisville (CA 28) arrived at Recife, Brazil, as she began her goodwill cruise to Latin American ports.  
   
  The Royal Air Force  
  No. 80 (Signals) Wing was formed. This unit became the RAF’s first electronic warfare unit. An example of what the unit accomplished occurred November 13-14, 1940, two aircraft of the Wireless Intelligence and Development Unit made the first direct attack on German navigational radar installations on the Cherbourg Peninsula by homing in on their transmission signals.  
   
  Operational control of salvage became administered by a section of No. 43 Group RAF (Maintenance), known as No. 43 Group Salvage, with a headquarters at the Morris Motor Works in Cowley. Maintenance units responsible for salvage were responsible for vast areas of the country.  
   
  Ships Commissioned  
  A ship's commissioning was when the ship was handed over, post fittings and trials, to the end user which, in this case, was a combatant navy.  
  The destroyer USS Livermore (DD 429) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. Commander Vernon Huber.  
     
   
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