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13th April 1940

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Second British destroyer flotilla, led by battleship HMS Warspite, stormed Narvik and sank seven German destroyers, four in Narvik Bay, and three in Rombaks Fjord, behind the town. Field howitzers on the shore put out of action by HMS Cossack. Three British destroyers damaged but not seriously.

The British Admiralty reported that fleet air arm had carried out attacks against German warships, transports and supply ships at Bergen. Three large transport or supply ship's bombed and a warehouse containing munitions blown up. One British aircraft made a forced landing in the sea, the rest returned safely.

Coastal command aircraft dropped heavy bombs over Stavanger aerodrome causing extensive damage. Messerschmitt Me 110 shot down in flames. Reconnaissance plane of coastal command fought a German destroyer and a Dornier Do 18 flying boat in a snowstorm. Eventually reaching home with a leaking petrol tank.

Two more German trawlers Nordland and Blankenberg brought in by prize crews.

Dutch motor vessel Velocitas mined off English coast.

Z2 Georg Thiele Destroyer
Sunk 13 April 1940

Z9 Wolfgang Zenker Destroyer
Scuttled 13 April 1940

Z11 Bernd von Arnim Destroyer
Scuttled 13 April 1940

Z12 Erich Giese Destroyer
Scuttled 13 April 1940

Z13 Erich Koellner Destroyer
Sunk 13 April 1940

Z17 Diether von Roeder Destroyer
Sunk 13 April 1940

Z18 Hans Lüdemann Destroyer
Scuttled 13 April 1940

Z19 Hermann Künne Destroyer
Scuttled13 April 1940

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Messerschmitt Me 110

Dornier Do 18

Z2 Georg Thiele Destroyer

Z9 Wolfgang Zenker Destroyer

Z12 Erich Giese Destroyer

Z13 Erich Koellner Destroyer

Z17 Diether von Roeder Destroyer

Z18 Hans Lüdemann Destroyer

Z19 Hermann Künne Destroyer

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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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