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5th September 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that there had been naval operations by British forces in Eastern and Western Mediterranean, extending over Five days. Italian Fleet turned tail, Italian base in Dodecanese was bombed, Fleet Air Arm attacked aerodromes in Sardinia and the Dodecanese.

It was reported that 37 survivors of torpedoed British ships HMS Penzance and HMS Blairmore had arrived at Baltimore.

The British Admiralty announced that the destroyers HMS Ivanhoe and HMS Esk had been sunk.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) again bombed military objectives concealed in German forests. Other targets were synthetic oil plant at Stettin, tanks at Kiel, refineries at Hamburg and Regensburg, Emden Docks goods yards at Hamm and Soest, and many Dutch and German aerodromes.

Other forces heavily bombed port of Boulogne, gun positions at Gris Nez, and harbour at Calais.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) attacked great Fiat works, at Turin during night, causing damage.

Italians bombed Matruh, Egypt, causing slight damage but no casualties. Few bombs, dropped at Suez.

Luftwaffe renewed attacks on Britain. Large formations attempted to attack aerodromes on both sides of Thames Estuary, but were driven back Bombs dropped on industrial plants on Thames-side.

Several districts in Kent attacked, part of a hospital demolished. Fierce air fighting reported over several parts of South West England, but damage caused by bombs was slight. London was again attacked, bombs being dropped during day on outskirts, During night high explosive and incendiaries did some damage. District in Wales also bombed. Thirty-nine, Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed. Twenty British fighters missing but pilots of nine safe.

In Romania a Royal decree dissolved Armament. New Premier, General Antonescu, given dictator’s powers.

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