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20th August 1940

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Events On This Day

Survivors of British freighter torpedoed without warning in Atlantic landed in Northern Ireland. Mail steamer St. Patrick attacked by three Luftwaffe bombers off south Wexford coast.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF), made daylight raids on Luftwaffe aerodromes. Coastal Command aircraft attacked two German destroyers in North Sea, damaging one.

Middle Fast General Headquarters reported that whole of British force evacuated from Berbera had reached Aden with bulk of their equipment.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombed hangars and railway station at Diredawa, aerodrome at Dessie, and railway buildings at Kassala. ineffective raids on Malta and Gibraltar.

Waves of Luftwaffe bombers, accompanied by fighters, crossed Southeast coast and were met with fierce antiaircraft fire and later engaged by The British Royal Air Force (RAF) fighters. Luftwaffe lost nine aircraft, Britain two. During preceding night, Luftwaffe operated singly over widespread areas of England, South Wales and a few districts of Scotland. German aeroplane crashed in Co. Kerry.

Alexander von Humboldt G Hospital ship
Commissioned 20 August 1940

Z28 Destroyer
Launched 20 August 1940

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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