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15th January 1941

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Events On This Day

The British Coastal Command aircraft carried out raid on Norwegian aerodromes, a railway bridge and a supply ship. Brest harbour was again attacked. Naval base at Wilhelmshaven was the British Royal Air Force (RAF)'s chief night target, and extensive tires were caused. Docks at, Emden, Bremerhaven, Rotterdam and Flushing were also bombed, as well as aerodromes in north-west Germany and Holland.

The war against Italy, All Abyssinia now reported to be in revolt. Six enemy raids on Malta. Block of flats in Valletta was hit and casualties resulted.

Little activity over Britain during day, although bombs fell in West of Scotland, Midlands and Kent. At night Luftwaffe raided west Midland town, dropping high explosives. Incendiaries fell in London, but fires were quickly put out. Mens hostel demolished, with many casualties, Luftwaffe planes also reported over Liverpool and East Anglia.

Two Luftwaffe bombers shot down by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Night lighters.

The Greek War, Athens reported Greek success in central sector, an important height being captured, as well as much war material. Allied air formations bombed communications round Berat.

Sir Gerald Campbell, His Majesty High Commissioner in Canada, appointed His Majesty Minister in Washington.

Naval promotions included Vice-Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham, Commander-In-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet, who becomes an Admiral. Lord Wakeheld died.

R63 R-boat
Launched 15 January 1941

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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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