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21st October 1940

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Events On This Day

During night of 20-21 October 1940 two Italian destroyers attacked British convoy in Red Sea. One, Francesco Nullo, was chased and sunk by HMS Kimberley, which sustained slight damage. No other British vessel suffered. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bomber scored direct hit on enemy destroyer in Red Sea.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) made daylight raids on Boulogne and Gravelines. Other aircraft attacked Kriegsmarine convoy off French coast, disabling one ship. Night attack on naval dockyard at Hamburg. Other targets included oil plant at Reisholz, various industrial works and Stade aerodrome.

The war against Italy, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) raided working parties and motor transport between Sollum and Buq Buq. Attacks made on Asmara and Gura (Eritrea) and Bahar Dar and Tcssenei (Italian East Africa).

During the day Luftwaffe aircraft reached London, Midlands and North West England. Flats and houses struck in London and outskirts, factory hit in. Lancashire and damage done at points along Channel coast.

Luftwaffe night raiders on London mostly driven to outer areas by antiaircraft fire Heavy attack made on Merseyside. Midland town severely damaged. Other attacks made on northeast town and urban and country districts in southeast England.

Four Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed.

German long-range guns fired across Straits of Dover.

Purchase Tax came into operation.

Mr. Churchill broadcast to French nation.

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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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