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1st October 1940

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Events On This Day

The British liner Highland Patriot was sunk by a U-boat in Atlantic.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Bombers attacked munitions factory at Berlin, power stations at Duisburg and Cologne, oil plants, goods yards, railway junction, canal docks in North Germany, several enemy aerodromes and bases at Rotterdam, Flushing, and along the Channel coast, particularly. Boulogne harbour and gun positions near Cap Gris Nez.

Coastal Command flying-boat fought 20 minute battle with three Messerschmitts Bf 109 off Ushant, damaged them and drove them off.

Several abortive day attacks made on south of England. Small number of Luftwaffe aircraft reached London and dropped bombs. Train and streets in Southeast district machine-gunned by Junkers Ju 87 bomber which was later brought down.

Two Welsh coastal towns raided. Luftwaffe night raiders flew over Central London in spite of intense antiaircraft barrage. Incendiaries and high-explosive bombs fell in north-west and northern suburbs. Large hospital in East London damaged heavy bombs struck houses in west London and there were many casualties. Church burnt out in North London. Bombs fell on Merseyside town and several others in north-west England. Houses and industrial buildings damaged and number of casualties. Midlands town heavily attacked.

Bombs fell at numerous points in Southeast‘ England, and also off Louth-Meath coast. Luftwaffe lost five plains, Britain three.

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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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