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26th October 1940

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Events On This Day

British liner Empress of Britain was set on fire by Luftwaffe Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Condor long-range bomber, commanded by Oberleutnant Bernhard Jope. Bernhard Jope bomber strafed the Empress three times and hit her twice with 250 kg bombs. She was torpedoed on 28 October 1940 by the Kriegsmarine U-boat U-32

and sank, following explosion, while on tow.

Coastal Command Beaufort aircraft carried out torpedo attack on shipping off Norwegian coast. One supply ship sunk.

Despite unfavourable weather the British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavily bombed many targets in Berlin, oil plants at Stettin, Leuna and Cologne, docks at Hamburg, Cuxhaven and Bremen, railway communications, 14 aerodrome and ports of Flushing and Antwerp.

Coastal Command aircraft successfully attacked power station at Brest.

Luftwaffe day raiders over London dropped bombs among crowds in shopping centre, causing many casualties. southeast coastal town bombed and machine-gunned. Castle in south England damaged.

Wide area attacked during the night, but main force directed on London and Midlands.

Luftwaffe lost six aircraft, Britain two.

Vichy announced that Marshal Petain and Adolf Hitler had agreed on principle of collaboration.

Free French Forces issued statement repudiating Adolf Hitler's proposals.

Italian press alleged incidents on Greek-Albanian frontier.

M23 Minesweeper
Commissioned 36 October 1940

Z24 Destroyer
Commissioned 26 October 1940

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Focke-Wulf 200 Condor

 U-32

RMS Empress of Britain sunk by U-32

Z24 Destroyer

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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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