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1st November 1940

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Events On This Day

British convoy off Thames estuary reported attacked by Luftwaffe aircraft, but squadron of Spitfires counter-attacked and raiders were driven off with loss of eight.

German long-range guns heavily but unsuccessfully shelled British vessels in Straits of Dover.

British merchant ship Eurymedon and steamers Matheran and Sulairia reported sunk by U-boats.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Heavily bombed railway targets in Berlin, synthetic oil plants at Magdeburg, Krupps works at Essen, railway junction at Osnabruck, 15 aerodromes and gun positions on French coast.

Several formations of Luftwaffe aircraft and also isolated machines crossed British coasts and made for Portsmouth and London areas. Raiders were soon dispersed, but some bombs fell in London, Lines. East and Southeast counties. Naval antiaircraft guns shot down two raiders during dive-bombing attack on shipping in Thames estuary.

During night bombs fell in a few London areas, two Midland towns, few districts in Merseyside, and one in East Scotland.

Luftwaffe lost 18 aircraft. Seven British fighters lost, but pilots of two safe.

First award of Military Medal to women, three members of the W.A.A.F.

The Greek War, Italians reported to have launched a big attack from Koritza in the direction of Florina. Athens reported violent artillery duel on Epirus front. In Florina sector Greeks advanced miles into Albanian territory and captured 9 Italian officers and 153 men. Italian aircraft raided the Piraeus and Salonika. Athens raided for first time, but ineffectually. Corfu and Larissa also attacked.

It was announced that General Smuts was visiting East Africa on 27 October 1940 met Mr. Anthony Eden in course of latter`s inspection of Middle East Command.

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The Second Great War.
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2194 Days Of War.
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