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2nd September 1940

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Events On This Day

An agreement between the United States of America and United Kingdom is announced to the effect that 50 United States destroyers needed for escort work will be transferred to United Kingdom. In return, America gains 99-year leases on British bases in the North Atlantic, West Indies and Bermuda.

The British Admiralty announced that the sloop HMS Penzance had been sunk by U-boat.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made night attacks on dynamite works at Schlebusch and Bayer explosive works near Cologne oil installations at Ludwigshafen and Frankfurt Bosch factory at Stuttgart, Dortmund Ems canal, French port of Lorient, gun emptacements at Cap Gris Nez.

Coastal Command aircraft bombed supply ships oil Dutch coast, oil tanks at Flushing, and Ostend harbour.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombed important railway junction and electric power station at Genoa.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) renewed attacks on Assab, Eritrea.

Repeated attempts by big Luftwaffe formations to bomb Kent and Thames estuary aerodromes, and to reach London, were beaten off by fighters and antiaircraft gunners. Series of dramatic air battles took place one being over a Southeast coast town.

During night enemy activity was wide spread but on smaller scale. Attacks mainly directed against Bristol Channel and South Wales area.

Fifty-five Germans raiders destroyed. Eighteen British fighters lost, but pilots of eight safe.

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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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