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19th October 1940

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Events On This Day

On 18-19 October 1940, Many ships are sunk from the Convoy SC 7 and Convoy HX 79 by the most effective wolfpack of the war including On the night of 18-19 October 1940, five boats made a concentrated attack. The U-boats involved were U-46, U-99, U-100, U-101 and U-123. U-99 was commanded by the famous ace Korvettenkapitän Otto Kretschmer. The attack was coordinated from Lorient by Admiral Karl Dönitz and his staff. SS Creekirk, SS Empire Brigade, SS Fiscus, SS Assyrian.

Owing to adverse weather conditions night bombing of enemy targets was reduced scale. Attacks made on railway yards at Osnabruck and on. aerodromes in North Holland.

The war against Italy, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out successful operations against enemy objectives at Benghazi and Berka (Libya), Halfaya (near Sollum), Maritza (Dodecanese Is.), and Diredawa (Abyssinia). Italian aircraft bombed Arab state. of Saudi Arabia. Oil centre of Bahrein Island, Persian Gulf, attacked.

Little Luftwaffe activity during day. Bombs fell in Kent and in Midlands. Three main attacks during night against London, Midlands and towns in North West. Heavy bombs and incendiaries fell in London and suburbs. Two public shelters hit. Four hospitals badly damaged, medical school set on fire. Crowded Cafe wrecked. Social centre settlement damaged. Hotel struck. Boys college in southeast England badly damaged. In Midlands block of tall houses shattered, church and two chapels damaged. Merseyside town attacked. Working class property demolished in southeast coastal town.

Two Luftwaffe aircraft shot down.

M151 Minesweeper
Launched 19 October 1940

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