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12th October 1940

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Events On This Day

Italy reported naval action off Malta during night of 11-12 October 1940, and admitted losses.

During the night the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers attacked military targets in Berlin, including power station, gas works and important goods yard. Raids also made on aluminium works at Heringen, Krupps works at Essen, Fokker works at Arnsterdam, oil plants at Cologne and Hanover, Dortmund-Ems aqueduct, and other objectives. Channel ports and gun positions bombed.

The war against Italy, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) raided port of Bardia, Libya, and scored six direct hits. Fires and explosions were started at Tobruk. Javello Aerodrome twice bombed by South African Air Force.

Daylight Luftwaffe raiders dropped small number of bombs in London and suburban areas and in some places on south coast and in Kent and Surrey. At Hastings houses were demolished and a fire started. During night raids a London underground railway station was hit and there were casualties. Another bomb fractured water and gas mains in a street. Many buildings demolished and damaged, including block of flats. Many hundreds of bombs fell in a Midland town and fires broke out. Three tenement houses wrecked and considerable other damage.

Luftwaffe lost 11 aircraft. Ten British fighters missing, but pilots of eight sate.

In Rumania four hundred uniformed officers and orderlies of German Army arrived in Bucharest.

M37 Minesweeper
Launched 12 October 1940

M24 Minesweeper
Launched 12 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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