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2nd August 1940

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Events On This Day

The trawler HMS Cape Finisterre sank after engaging four Luftwaffe aircraft, one of which she shot down.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) made daylight raids on aerodromes in France, Belgium and Holland. Night attacks made on oil depots at Emden; Hamburg, Salzbergen and other centres.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) raided bulk fuel installations at Zula, Eritrea. Oil depot at Accico and aerodrome at Asmara attacked. South African Air Force (SAAF) raided Iavello aerodrome. Fleet Air Arm successfully attacked Italian aerodrome at Cagliari, Sardinia.

Lord Beaverbrook joined War Cabinet. German night raiders over Southeast coast driven off by machine gun posts and ships batteries. Luftwaffe planes also reported over North West England and a Welsh town. German aircraft dropped lealiets in Southern England containing translation of Adolf Hitlerís Reichstag speech of 19 July 1940.

R152 R-boat
Launched 2 August 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.
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