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10th October 1940

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Events On This Day

During the night heavy and light forces of Royal Navy bombarded Cherbourg where concentration of enemy shipping had been detected by the British Royal Air Force (RAF).

The British Admiralty announced that the trawler HMS Kingston Sapphire had been lost by U-boat action.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Bombers launched heavy attack on gun positions across Straits of Dover and on Calais. Raids by Coastal Command aircraft ranged from Den Heldcr on Dutch coast down Channel to Boulogne, Le Havre and Brest, where German destroyers were again bombed. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) blew up oil storage tanks at Hamburg and started fires at Hanover, Cologne and several other places. Attacks were made on warships at Wilhelmshaven, Krupps shipyards at Kiel, Fokker works at Amsterdam, and many other military targets.

The war against Italy, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Raided important military objectives at Benghazi, Libya, Fires were started and three ships in harbour received direct hits. Tobruk was also raided, as was Assab, Eritrea.

Luftwaffe aircraft made several attacks on coastal towns in Kent, Sussex and Thames estuary. Few bombs fell in one part of London. Hospital at Dover hit. Air battle over Maidstone. Bombers were twice over Liverpool and district. East. During night bombs fell in 36 districts in London area and outskirts. Several houses demolished and others damaged in Thames estuary town. Bombs fell in Merseyside, Wales, West England and Midlands, Five Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed. Britain also lost five, but pilots of two safe.

German long-range guns shelled Dover area at dusk. British guns replied.

R57 R-boat
Launched 10 October 1940

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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