Events occurring on Friday, March 7, 1941  
  Greece in WW2  
  The first soldiers of a British expeditionary force from North Africa arrived in Greece.  
   
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The U-47, commanded by Korvettenkapitän Günther Prien, was missing. Possible reasons for the loss of U-47 include mines, by its own torpedoes or by an attack by British corvettes HMS Camellia and HMS Arbutus. All of the ship’s complement of 45 died. During its career the U-47 sank 1 warship, 30 merchant ships for a total of 162,769 tons and damaged 8 ships for a total of 62,751 tons. The U-47 was commanded by Korvettenkapitän Prien, one of Germany’s top U-boat aces and the first U-boat commander to win the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. By far his most famous exploit, however, was the sinking of the British battleship HMS Royal Oak (08) at anchor in the Britain's Home Fleet's anchorage in Scapa Flow.  
   
  The U-70, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Joachim Matz, was sunk southeast of Iceland by the corvettes HMS Camellia (K 31) and HMS Arbutus (K 86). Of the ship’s complement, 20 died and 25 survived. During its career  under Kapitänleutnant Matz the U-70 sank 1 ship for a total of 820 tons and damaged 3 ships for a total of 20,484 tons.  
   
  The unescorted Greek steam merchant Mentor was torpedoed and sunk by the U-37, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Asmus Nicolai Clausen, in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 7 died and 22 survived. The 3,050 ton Mentor was carrying ballast and was bound for Takoradi, Ghana.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy OB-293, the already damaged British motor tanker Athelbeach was torpedoed and sunk by the U-99, commanded by Korvettenkapitän Otto Kretschmer, southeast of Iceland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 7 died and 37 survivors were picked up by the corvette HMS Camellia. The 6,568 ton Athelbeach was carrying ballast and was bound for New York, New York.  
   
  The British whale factory ship Terje Viken was torpedoed and sunk by the U-99 southeast of Iceland. Of the ship’s complement, 1 died and 30 survivors were picked up by the British fishing vessels Dole and Evesham. One of the largest ships sunk during the war, the 20,638 ton Terje Viken was carrying ballast and was bound for Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy OB-293, the British steam merchant Delilian was torpedoed and damaged by the U-70, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Joachim Matz, southeast of Iceland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, all 68 survived and were picked up by escorts. The 6,423 ton Delilian was carrying general cargo and was bound for St. John, New Brunswick.  
   
  Sailing with Convoy OB-293, the Dutch Motor tanker Mijdrecht was torpedoed and damaged by the U-70 southeast of Iceland. The 7,493 ton Mijdrecht was carrying general cargo and was bound for Trinidad.  
   
  The Pacific Before Pearl Harbor  
  The transport USS William P. Biddle (AP 15), escorted by the light cruiser USS Concord (CL 10), arrived at Pago Pago, Samoa, and disembarked the Seventh Defense Battalion. This was the first unit of the Fleet Marine Force deployed to the Southern Hemisphere in World War 2.  
     
   
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