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8th September 1940

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The British Admiralty reported that aircraft of Fleet Air Arm had bombed two Kriegsmarine supply ships off Norway, sinking one and severely damaging thc other.

During night strong bomber forces attacked French and Belgian Channel ports and convoys in North Sea. Raids on Hamburg, Bremen and Emden.

British patrol from Kenya penetrated 16-miles into Abyssinia and intiicted casualties on garrison at Gorai.

Towards midday large force of Luftwaffe aircraft approached the coast north of Dover. They were hotly engaged and only small formations penetrated inland. Bombs fell mostly in rural areas.

From 8 p.m. raiders carried out prolonged attacks on London and were met by intense antiaircraft bombardment, Bombing became indiscriminate. Damaged premises included three hospitals, a church and two museums. Aerial torpedo partially demolished block of flats in East London. Docks on both sides of Thames heavily bombed, Casualties numbered 286 killed, approx. 1,400 badly injured. Eleven Luftwaffe planes shot down Britain lost three but one pilot safe.

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