Events occurring on Wednesday, October 9, 1940  
  Events in the United Kingdom  
  Following former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's retirement from public life. Current Prime Minister Winston Churchill was elected the head of the Conservative Party. Chamberlain had resigned his positions as Lord President of the Council and as a member of the War Cabinet on October 3, 1940 because he was suffering from terminal bowel cancer.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  Sailing with Convoy SC-6, the Greek steam merchant Delphin was torpedoed and sunk by the U-103, commanded by Korvettenkapitän Viktor Schütze, north-northwest of Rockall in the northern Atlantic Ocean. The 3,816 ton Delphin was carrying maize and wheat and was bound for Cork, Ireland.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy SC-6, the Greek steam merchant Zannes Gounaris was torpedoed and sunk by the U-103 north-northwest of Rockall. The 4,407 ton Zannes Gounaris was carrying phosphate rock and was bound for Garston, England.  
     
   
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