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17th September 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that the cargo steamer Thornlea was reported sunk by U-boat in Atlantic. Irish steamer Luimneach was reported sunk in Atlantic on 4 September 1940 by gunfire from U-boat. Survivors of British cargo boat St. Agnes, torpedoed off Portuguese coast, landed at Lisbon.

During night Kriegsmarine torpedoed City of Benares carrying 90 children to Canada, of 306 persons lost, 83 were children.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made daylight raids on port of Ostend, shipping at Zeebrugge, convoy of barges off Dutch coast, and aecodrome of Ymuiden.

During night RA.F. made heavy and sustained attacks on eight invasion ports, damaging shipping and military stores. Gun emplacements near Cap Gris Nez attacked.

Other forces bombed important distribution centres in Rhineland.

Coastal Command aircraft attacked Cherbourg harbour, sinking two Kriegsmarine supply ships.

Italians attempted to consolidate their position in and around Sidi Barrani, where the British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavily bombed them.Royal Navy bombarded coast road to Sollum.

South African Air Force raided Mogadishu aerodrome for sixth time and also Javcllo.

During day, Luftwaffe made small-scale raids. Bombs fell in South and Southeast England, 15th cent. church wrecked. At Portsmouth church and several houses hit. Casualties in South West London. About 5.15 p.m. large waves of aircraft crossed Kent coast and were scattered by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters.

During night raids on London incendiary bombs fell in Southeast district. High explosives fell in West End, three large stores in Oxford Street hit. Houses and buildings damaged in Merseyside town and number of casualties caused. Twelve Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed. Three British fighters lost, but pilots of two safe.

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