Events occurring on Wednesday, November 19, 1941  
  Naval Action in the Indian Ocean  
  The Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney (D 48) and the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran sank each other in a sea battle 170 miles off the coast of Western Australia. The entire crew of 645 officers and men from the HMAS Sydney died while most of the crew of the Kormoran were rescued.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The destroyer USS Leary (DD 158), with U.S. Navy Task Unit 4.1.5, escorting Convoy HX-160, depth charged a sound contact in the northern Atlantic Ocean.  
  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 submarine U-89 was commissioned. Her first commander was Kapitänleutnant Dietrich Lohmann.  
  The submarine U-408 was commissioned. Her first commander was Kapitänleutnant Reinhard von Hymmen.  
  November 1941 Calendar  
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