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24th July 1940

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Events On This Day

German warship torpedoed in North Sea by Swordship aircraft of Fleet Arm. British " motor torpedo;boat sighted six enemy Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) and engaged them. Enemy made off, but at least one was hit.

News was released of sinking on 17 June 1940 of liner Lancastria which was bombed by Luftwaffe aircraft off St. Nazaire during final evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) Death roll of about 2,500, mostly British soldiers.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) made night raids on docks at Emden, Wilhelmshaven and Hamburg, faireraft factories are Wismar and Wenzendorf, and seaplane bases at Borkum and Texel.

Haifa bombed by hostile aircraft causing an oil fire 46 people killed and 88 injured.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers successfully attacked ammunition dump south of Bardia, Libya. Patrolling Gladiators shot down four Luftwaffe fighters and disabled a fifth. Hangars at Macaaca damaged.

Twelve Luftwaffe aircraft, including an American dive-bomber captured from the French, destroyed in and around Britain. Biggest air battle was fought off Southeast coast.

Rumanian Government took over control of Astra Romana Oil Company, owned by British and Dutch interests.

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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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