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16th August 1940

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Events On This Day

Reported that five unarmed trawlers fishing off west coat of Scotland had been bombed and machine gunned by, Luftwaffe planes.

Night raids by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers over Central Germany Synthetic oil works at Leuna, near Leipzig, fired. Other objectives were benzine oil plant at Bohlera, Zeiss plant at Jena, Messerschmitt factory at Augsberg, aircraft stores at Kolleda, Junkers works at Bernburg.

Coastal Command aircraft damaged a Kriegsmarine antiaircraft ship in Stavanger Fjord.

Italy in Somaliland British bombers attacked Zeila and Adadleh. Italian bombers attempted totraid Berbera, but were intercepted by French aircraft which shot dawn two and drove off the others.Tobruk harbour again raided by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and considerable damage done.

Intense air attacks again made on Southeast areas. Two raids made on London area, when a number of persons were killed. Damage done at Tilbury and North-fleet and in south-western suburbs. Bombs dropped in Isle of Wight and in country districts in Herts, Essex, Surrey, Hants. and Oxfordshire. Deliberate attack made on Eastbourne. Damage and casualties at the British Royal Air Force (RAF) aerodrome. Seventy-five, Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed. Twenty-two British fighters reported lost, but 14 pilots safe.

President Roosevelt announced that United States Government were holding talks with British Government with regard to acquisition of naval and air bases for defence of Western, Hemisphere.

Two Greek destroyers reported to have been bombed by Italian aircraf`t while en route for Tinosr lsland. Two Greek cargo boats torpedoed and sunk, and a third bombed.

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