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16th September 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out daylight raids on Calais, Ostend; Dunkirk and Veere. Couvoys of barges attacked, off Zeebrugge and Ostend. Haamstede aerodrome also bombed, Adverse weather prevented night raids, as accurate bombing would have been impossible.

Advance guard of Italian invaders of Egypt reached Sidi Barrani, 60 miles from Libyan frontier, although harassed by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Asmara aerodrome, Eritrea, successfully attacked.

Long-range guns were in action in morning on both sides of Channel. Large formations of Luftwaffe aircraft crossed Southeast coast about 8 a.m. and attempted to penetrate inland, but.were driven off. Later small numbers crossed the coast and a few bombs fell at several points.

Intense antiaircraft barrage put up at night when Luftwaffe raiders approached London in successive relays of small groups Bombs fell in many parts and surrounding suburbs. Many famous West End streets and squares damaged. Another hospital hit. Fires were caused but`. were quickly under control. In Home Counties most bombs fell in rural areas., Towns in Midlands and North West suffered damage and casualties. Six Luftwaffe bombers destroyed during the night four by antiaircraft guns.

Germany lost 7 aircraft, Britain one.

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