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24th October 1940

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The British Admiralty announced the loss through Kriegsmarine mines of the trawlers HMS Velia and HMS Lord Stamp.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) attacked ports of Ostend and Gravelines, a factory and goods yard near Calais and a convoy off Zeebrugge. During night many objectives in Berlin were bombed, as well as oil plants at Hamburg, Hanover and Gelsenkirchen, docks and shipping at Hamburg, Cuxhaven, Bremer-haven, Wilhelmshaven, Rotterdam, Le Havre and Lorient, goods yards and railway communications, several Channel ports and many aerodromes.

The war against Italy, British bombers continued attacks on Italian lines in East Africa and Libya. Asmara, Gura and other centres bombed. Series of raids on Benghazi and Berka.

Few Luftwaffe aircraft, operating singly, crossed coast. Bombs fell in London area, Kent, Hants and country district in Somerset, House and industrial buildings hit; Private school shattered and nurses home partly wrecked in Hants.

Comparatively little activity during night. Areas attacked included Scotland and one Midland town, where fires were started which damaged commercial property and public buildings. German High Command stated Italian bombers took part for first time.

Luftwaffe lost two aircraft. Britain none.

Adolf Hitler interviewed Marshal Pétain in French territory.

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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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