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17th October 1940

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Events On This Day

British naval forces engaged four enemy destroyers at extreme range 100 miles South West of Lands End, but they escaped in gathering darkness. No damage sustained by British ships. British long-range guns shelled German E-boat in Straits of Dover.

The British Admiralty announced loss by enemy action of the trawlers HMS Resolvo, HMS Listrac and HMS Warwick Deeping, and the drifter HMS Summer Rose.

Vice-Admiral J. C. Tovey appointed Commander-In-Chief of the Home Fleet in succession to Admiral of the Fleet Sir Charles M. Forbes.

Coastal Command aircraft made daylight attack on power station at Brest. Owing to unfavourable weather all the British Royal Air Force (RAF) night bombers operations were cancelled.

The war against Italy, South African Air Force bombed transport concentrations at Neghelli, Abyssinia.

Series of attacks against southeast England made by fighters flying at great height. Large forces of our fighters engaged them and split up formations, although some penetrated to London, where few bombs fell. Others fell in Kent and damage was done to deanery and precincts at Canterbury.

During longest night raid bombs were dropped in many . areas in London. Fire station annexe hit. School destroyed. Block of council Hats partly demolished.

Four Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed. Britain lost three fighters.

Burma Road was reopened.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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