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17th November 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that British light forces had carried out naval bombardment of Mogadishu, main port of Italian Somaliland.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Made large-scale attack on German invasion ports. Night attacks concentrated on oil refineries at Gelsenkirchen. Other aircraft bombed industrial targets in the Ruhr, rail and river communications, naval base at Lorient, and many aerodromes.

The war against Italy, Cairo announced and other raid by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) On Brindisi. In Albania military supplies at Elbasan were attacked. In Libya Benghazi and Tobruk were bombed, and farther east Gura, Zula, Adagalla and Massawa were raided.

Formation of Luftwaffe aircraft crossed Kent coast making for London, and another flew into Thames Estuary. Both were intercepted and scattered. Bombs fell during day at three places on Sussex coast, and in East Anglia.

During night raids bombs damaged houses near South coast. In London a hospital, child welfare clinic and many houses were hit.

Luftwaffe lost 14 aircraft. Five British fighters lost, but pilots of four safe.

Violent long-range gun duel across Straits of Dover.

The Greek War, Greek forces thrusting forward into Albania and now said to be dominating Koritza.

King Boris of Bulgaria visited Adolf Hitler, who also received Surier, Spanish Foreign Minister.

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