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25th October 1940

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The British Admiralty announced that a HMS submarine had sunk a German torpedo boat off French coast, and the submarine HMS Regent destroyed Italian supply ship in Mediterranean. Violent engagement involving heavy guns on both sides of Channel and British and German bombers centred round British convoy approaching Straits of Dover at dusk, Ships in convoy also opened fire. None received direct hits. The destroyer HMS Venetia reported sunk by Kriegsmarine mine.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) attacked docks and shipping at Kiel, Bremen, Cuxliaven, Amsterdam, Den Helder and Qstend, oil targets in Northern and Central Germany, power station at Hamburg, aerodromes, Channel gun positions and invasion ports.

During the day successive formations of Luftwaffe aircraft, mostly fighters, crossed, southeast coast at great height. Most were split up and dispersed, but some got through. Bombs fell on five crowded tram cars in London and casualties were heavy.

Luftwaffe night raiders, flying high, dropped bombs in various parts of London. Noted square hit by incendiaries. Number of destructive fires started in Midland town. Several small coastal towns in Scotland suffered. Search lights were machine-gunned.

Seventeen Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed. Ten British fighters lost, but pilots of seven safe.

R58 R-boat
Launched 25 October 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.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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