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13th June 1941

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that the cross-channel steamer SS St. Patrick sunk by Junkers Ju 87 dive bombers near Fishguard. Night raids over Ruhr continued particularly in industrial district of Schwerte. Other forces attacked Brest docks.

In Africa, Belgian contingent advancing in Gambela area. Farther south operations progressing towards jimma. During night of 12-13 June 1941 British troops at Tobruk considerably reduced salient held by enemy in outer defences. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) destroyed motor transport vehicles between Gazala and Capuzzo. Heavy night raids on harbour at Benghazi and landing grounds at Benina, Gazala and Derna.

Near East, In Syria Allied forces made further progress in all sectors. Nine Junkers Ju 87 dive bombers, about to attack British naval forces near Sidon, driven off by the British Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighters three destroyed and others damaged. Successful raids on aerodromes at Calato (Rhodes) and Aleppo.

Widespread but minor Luftwaffe night attacks. Two Luftwaffe day and seven night raiders destroyed.

R169 R-boat
Launched 13 June 1941

Go To: 14th June
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The SS St Patrick is Divebombed

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Junkers Ju 87

SS St Patrick

SS St Patrick, cross-channel steamer plying between Rosslare and Fishguard, which was divebombed and sunk by Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 87's on 13 June 1941. There were 66 survivors out of 89 on board.
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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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