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6th July 1940

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Events On This Day

Fleet air arm, aeroplanes, secured six hits on French battleship Dunkerque, grounded at Oran. Demobilisation of French fleet at Alexandria, proceeded, after acceptance by Admiral Godfroy of British proposals for preventing the ships being used by Germany.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombed aerodromes at Knocke, Evreux and Ypenburg. During the night shipbuilding yards at Bremen and Kiel, and armament depot at Emden, were attacked seaplane bases at Norderney and Hornum bombed.

Luftwaffe made three raids on Malta. One probably two of the raiders were brought down.

Fleet air arm and the British Royal Air Force (RAF) attack Italian warships sheltering in harbour of Tobruk, Libya, eight direct hits being obtained. Other units attack aerodrome at Catonia, Sicily.

Luftwaffe planes flew over towns in South Devon. High explosive bombs caused few casualties. Readers were driven off by fighters and anti-aircraft guns. Bombs were also dropped over southeast coast area. Luftwaffe Heinkel He 111 bomber shot down into the sea off Aberdeenshire. After a 100 mile chase. Heinkel He 111 shot down by a Spitfire of southeast coast.

R51 R-boat
Launched 6 July 1940

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French battleship Dunkerque picture 1

Heinkel He 111

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
ISBN-10: 086136614X

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