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16th December 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) made sustained attack on targets at Mannheim and suburbs. Other aircraft dropped heavy bombs on submarine base at Bordeaux. Several aerodromes were also attacked, and six, merchant vessels off French coast.

The war against Italy, British troops occupied Sollum and Fort Capuzzo and captured frontier forts of Musaid, Sidi Omar and Shefferzen. Bari raided by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) during night of 16-17 December 1940.

During night of 15-16 December 1940 Gura and Asmara, East Africa, were raided by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Bombers.

Frontier post of El Wak, Italian Somaliland, successfully raided by South African and East African troops.

Luftwaffe day activity slight. Few bombs fell in East Anglia and Southeast England. At night bombs were dropped in London area, a Thames Estuary town, Liverpool area and the Midlands.

The Greek War, Greeks continued to advance north of Premeti and westwards from Ersek. Italians retired with losses towards Klisura, Enemy said to have evacuated Chimara and neighbouring villages. Heavy night attack made by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) On Durazzo.

M251 Minesweeper
Commissioned 16 December 1940

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