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8th October 1940

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Events On This Day

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) and Coastal Command aircraft made daylight attacks on ports of Boulogne and Lorient.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) made night raids centred on naval bases of Bremen and Wilhelmshaven. Other forces attacked military objectives over wide area in Western Germany, Holland and enemy occupied France. Night attacks on Channel ports continued.

The war Against Italy, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) made bombing raids on Bardia and Sollum. Three attacks delivered on Assab. Enemy raided Aden, but caused no damage. Attempted raid on Malta was driven off with loss to enemy.

In morning rush hour Luftwaffe aircraft made low-diving attack on Central London. Buildings, shops, cafés and two buses wrecked. Number of fatal casualties. Bombs also fell indiscriminately on coastal towns in Kent and Sussex.

At night many incendiaries fell but failed to start fires. High explosive bombs shattered a number of shops in one London district. Large London hospital hit, three wards wrecked. Luftwaffe raiders flying in pairs dropped large number of bombs over Thames estuary. Eight Luftwaffe aircraft destroyed. Britain lost two lighters.

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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