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16th March 1940

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Events On This Day

The British air ministry announced that during the past 24 hours reconnaissance activities had included night flights over Polish territory by aircraft of bomber command.

There was also an engagement between aircraft of coastal command and an Luftwaffe bomber. The latter escaped after being damaged.

aircraft of the bomber command carried out reconnaissances of Heligoland Bight. Opposition was experienced from air and ground defences, but all British aircraft returned safely.

A British bomber attacked a formation of naval auxiliary vessels east of Borkum by diving from 6000 feet and dropping a salvo of bombs.

German aircraft made a raid on fleet anchorage at Scapa Flow, about 14 machines reaching their objective. Many bombs were dropped, one causing minor damage to a warship, seven casualties of naval personnel. Bombs were also dropped on land. One civilian killed and seven wounded in village of Bridge Waith. Luftwaffe aircraft were driven off, one aircraft being shot down and others believed damaged.

The British Admiralty announced institution of system of monetary awards to none service personnel for information concerning enemy, naval activities.

Activity of both Artillerie's in the region of the Saar reported from the Western front.

Stated in Paris that changes were likely in the French cabinet.

The trawler HMS Maide was sunk by striking an enemy mine. Commanding officer and five ratings missing and feared lost.

Yugoslav ship Slava was sunk in Bristol Channel.

Mr Sumner Welles had conversations with the king of Italy, and with Mussolini and Ciano.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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