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4th September 1940

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British naval units reported to have torpedoed German transport off Skagen on 3 September 1940.

Stockholm reported that between 18-26 August 1940 six German merchant ships were sunk off Norway.

The British Admiralty announced that the minesweeping trawler HMS Rcfyalo had been sunk. It was reported that British liner Avoceta had fought battler with a U-boat off Portuguese coast.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombed Calais and Boulogne During night they penetrated German territory as far as Stettin where synthetic oil plant was bombed Other forces started fires amongst military stores in Harz Mts.Thuringian Forest and Black Forest. Attacks also made on power station and aircraft factory at Berlin, oil stocks at Magdcburg, goods yards at Nienburg, aerodromes in France and Belgium.

Aircraft of Coastal Command attacked oil tanks at Cherbourg and docks at Terneuzen.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out sustained and successful raids on all principal . aerodromes in Eastern Libya. Bombers of South African Air Force (SAAF) raided Javcllo.

ln morning two forces of Luftwaffe aircraft attempted to bomb aerodromes in Kent and Essex, but were driven off. Later other formations crossed Southeast coast, some of which penetrated our defences. Bombs were dropped on a Medway town and in scattered areas in Southeast.

During a night raid on London, antiaircraft defences put up heavy barrage. Scattered raids. over the country. Most casualties occurred in two towns in Northeast and one in South West. Fifty-four Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed. 17 British fighters brought down, but pilots of twelve safe.

Guns fired across the Channel from Dover.

Premier, M. Gigurtu, and his Cabinet resigned. King Carol requested General Antonescu, former Minister of National Defence and Chief of Staff, to form new Government.

Danzig Hospital ship
Commissioned 4 September 1940

M29 Minesweeper
Commissioned 4 September 1940

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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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