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17th May 1941

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that the the trawler HMS Susarion and the drifter HMS Liberty, had been sunk. Big night raids on French coast from Dunkirk to Boulogne. Heavy bombers again raided Cologne. Smaller-scale attack on Rotterdam.

In Africa, Australians recaptured strong points outside Tobruk. The Wehrmacht claimed that Sollum and Fort Capuzzo were again in their hands. During night of 16-17 May 1941 aerodromes at Menastir and Bir Chleta were raided. Duke of Aosta asked for terms of surrender of his forces in northern Abyssinia.

Near East, Day raids by fighters and night onslaughts by bombers continued on enemy occupied aerodromes in Greece, particularly those at Argos, Menidi and Malaoi. During night of 17-18 May 1941 the British Royal Air Force (RAF) raided Calato aerodrome (Rhodes), causing many fires.

Small-scale Luftwaffe activity over Britain. One Luftwaffe day raider destroyed.

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