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8th August 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that the submarine HMS Oswald was overdue and must be presumed lost. The British liner Kemmerdine overdue and presumed lost.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) bombed aerodromes of Schiphol and Valkenburg. Coastal Command aircraft shot down a Messerschmitt off Le Havre. Night raids made on, Hamburg docks, supply depots at Hamm, Soest and Cologne. Minelaying in enemy harbours and estuaries continued.

Italian columns from Hargeisa and Oadwina, Somaliland, reported to be advancing northwards. Big air battle over Sidi-Amar, Libya, when Gladiators engaged much larger force of Italian fighters. Fifteen of latter were destroyed. Two British aircraft missing.

Walrus aircraft of Fleet Air Arm, operating from Australian cruiser Hobart, made divebombing attacks on Italian Headquarters at Zeila, causing damage and casualties. Italian aircraft made unsuccessful bombing attacks on British warships in Gulf of Aden.

Sixty-one Luftwaffe raiders shot down in Channel during big air fight. Waves of German dive bombers attacked British convoy, causing considerable damage. Eighteen British aircraft down, but three of their pilots safe. Air battle followed attacks by motor torpedo boats (E-boats), which sank three coastal vessels in a convoy. One E-boat sunk and another damaged. Luftwaffe aircraft dropped bombs over wide area of Britain. Little damage reported except from Northeast England, where a sanatorium and a shop property suffered. There were "a number of casualties.

R53 R-boat
Launched 8 August 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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