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3rd March 1940

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Events On This Day

Hand-to-hand fighting reported in southern suburbs of Viipuri. Russians claimed to have captured the railway station.

Finns reported that they had brought down at least 28 enemy planes during the weekend.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers flew over Berlin during the night of 2 March 1940, 3 March 1940, the fifth time within a week. Ground batteries opened fire and German fighters went up, but there was no engagement.

Standing patrol over seaplane bases of the Friesian Islands met with intense fire from enemy guns.

Great air activity over Western front during the weekend, British fighters brought down three Luftwaffe aircraft, a Messerschmitt Bf 109, a Heinkel He 111 and a Dornier Do 17, and French fighters accounted that two Dornier Do 17's.

British steamer, Cato was sunk off the west coast.

Two Dutch cargo boats Schieland and Limburg, stated they had been machine-gunned by German planes in the North sea.

Many air attacks on British fishing boats were reported.

The German cargo ship Heidelberg was seized by British cruiser. After leaving Aruba, West Indies.

German aircraft, flying over Belgian territory, were chased by Belgian fighters, one of which was shot down and the other two were damaged.

Mr Sumner Welles had interviews with Rudolf Hess and Field Marshall Hermann Göring. Later he left for Berlin for Basle en route for Paris.

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Messerschmitt Bf 109

Heinkel He 111

Dornier Do 17

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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