Events occurring on Wednesday, August 13, 1941  
  Science & Technology  
  One of the prototypes of RAF Bomber Commands new navigational device Gee was lost on a raid over Hanover, Germany. Although equipped with demolition charges, the British couldn't be sure the set wouldn't be studied by the Germans.  
  The Pacific Before Pearl Harbor  
  The heavy cruisers USS Northampton (CA 26) and USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) arrived at Port Moresby, Papua, Australian Territory of New Guinea, for a goodwill visit.  
  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 minesweeping trawler HMS Rysa (T 164) was commissioned. Her first commander was Lt. John H. Cooper.  
  August 1941 Calendar  
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