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20th April 1940

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Events On This Day

The British War office communiqué announced that operations in Norway were proceeding according to plan, that French troops had landed in Norway, and that on 19 April 1940 Allied forces occupied certain points of vantage.

The British Admiralty announced that three German aircraft had been shot down and others damaged during air attacks on British naval units and transports. No hits were obtained by the Luftwaffe bombers.

Two German transports were hit by torpedoes.

Large numbers of British Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft bombed aerodromes at Kristiansand and Stavanger in Norway, and that of Aalborg in Denmark, which has served as a German airbase. All British aircraft returned safely.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters shot down two Messerschmitts Bf 109 and two Heinkel He 111 over the Western front.

Two German aircraft, a fighter and a reconnaissance machine, shot down by French fighters.

German raiders appeared over the Thames estuary late in the evening. But were driven off by British fighters and anti-aircraft defences.

British steamers Mersey and Hawnby were sunk off the southeast coast after explosions.

Romanian government decreed that all armed merchant vessels using Danube must unload all armaments and munitions at the mouth of the River.

Italian steamer Balbo mined off south east coast of England.

Otto Fein
Takes command of the Battleship Gneisenau on 20 August 1940 to 11 April 1942

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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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