Atlantic: REUBEN JAMES INCIDENT. U-boat U-552 sinks US destroyer Reuben James (part of US escort group accompanying British convoy); 95 killed.
Merchant shipping losses in October 1941: 45 Allied ships with 195,886 tons in Atlantic, 6 Allied ship with 22,403 tons elsewhere.
12 Axis ships with 49,565 tons in Mediterranean.
2 U-boats sunk in the Atlantic, Arctic or Baltic. 80 serviceable U-boats in Atlantic.
Britain: 41 killed in fire at Huddersfield clothing factory.