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15th August 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) again bombed, Fiat factory at Turin and Caproni aircraft works at Milan. Blast furnace at Genoa hit. Other bombers attacked oil plants at Gelsenkirchen and Reisholz, munition factories at Luenen, Essen, Gladbach and Dusseldorf, wharves at Emmerich, supply depots at Hamm and Soest, and several aerodromes in France, Holland and Germany. Dock basin at Helder attacked by Coastal Command aircraft.

ln Somaliland British forces continued to hold reserve positions against renewed enemy pressure.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) raided Bomba (Libya), damaging float-planes and flying-boats in harbour. Successful raids made on. Macaaca (Eritrea), Jigjiga and Dessie (Abyssinia).

Malta raided by Italian bombers and fighters. Alexandria raided.

One thousand Luftwaffe aircraft took part in onslaught. from Tyne to Plymouth, of which 180 were destroyed by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and antiaircraft defences. Thirty-four British fighters lost, but 17 pilots safe, Train and houses hit at Seaham Harbour bombs dropped at Sunderland, industrial premises at Rochester damaged aerodmmes in Southeast attacked, Hastings bombed, unsuccessful attack on Portland. In evening Croydon airport was raided.

Greek light cruiser Helle torpedoed by unidentitied submarine while anchored off island of Tinos.

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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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