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3rd September 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that Norwegian motor torpedo-boat, co-operating with British naval forces, had shot down a Luftwaffe bomber. Swedish steamer Alida Gorthon reported torpedoed off west coast of Ireland.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers made night attacks on military targets in the Blacks Forest, in forests in Hartz Mts. and in Grunewald forests north of Berlin. Many fires started, causing explosions.

Bombs dropped on power stations, gasworks and armament factory in Berlin, oil tanks at Magdeburg, goods yards at Hamm and Schwerte, blast furnace at Merzig, several Dutch and German aenodromes.

Other aircraft attacked barge concentrations in Beveland Canal and Scheldt estuary, and Ostend docks from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. attacks made on advanced striking bases of the German Luftwaffe in Pas-de-Calais area.

Two waves of Luftwaffe bombers and fighters attempted to reach aerodromes in London area but were repulsed by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) in Thames estuary.

Twenty-five Luftwaffe machines shot down. Fifteen British lighters down, but pilots of eight safe.

Demonstrations in Transylvania continued and clashes took place between Hungarian and Rumanian troops.

Iron Guard in Bucharest attempted a coup d’état to depose King Carol but failed.

United States of America agreed to transfer immediately to Royal Navy 50 over-age destroyers in exchange for bases in British possessions along Atlantic sea-board.

French possession of Tahiti joined General de Gaulle.

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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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