Events occurring on Wednesday, September 3, 1941  
  U.S. & Japanese Relations Before Pearl Harbor  
  U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, Admiral Nomura  Kichisaburo, replies to the message and the statement received from the Ambassador on August 28, 1941. In formulating his replies, Roosevelt could not overlook the attendant circumstances and developments. Because of these circumstances and developments, Roosevelt and his consultants felt that, to ensure any hope of the success of a meeting between Roosevelt and Japanese Prime Minister Prince Konoe Fumimaro, the achievement of a prior meeting of the minds on basic principles was necessary.  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The unescorted British motor merchant Fort Richepanse was torpedoed and sunk by the U-567, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Theodor Fahr, about 450 miles southwest of Bloody Foreland in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Of the ship’s complement, 41 died and 22 survivors were picked up by the Polish destroyers ORP Garland (H 37) and ORP Piorun (G 65). The 3,485 ton Fort Richepanse was carrying general cargo, including eggs and mail and was headed for Liverpool, England.  
  The Holocaust  
  Approximately 600 Soviet prisoners of war and 250 sick Polish prisoners were gassed with Zyklon B at Auschwitz camp I. This was the first experiment with the gas at Auschwitz and the results were deemed a success.  
  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-702 was commissioned. Her first commander was Kapitänleutnant Wolf-Rüdiger von Rabenau.  
  September 1941 Calendar  
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