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21st April 1941

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The British Admiralty announced that the Navy heavily bombarded Tripoli while the British Royal Air Force (RAF) supported with bombing attacks. Great damage done to port and shipping. The Admiralty also announced that the submarine HMS Tetrarch had sunk fully laden tanker bound for Tripoli.

Coastal Command aircraft attacked clocks at Le Havre.

The war against Italy, Patrol activity reported at Sollum, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) made heavy attacks on aerodromes at Derna and Gazala. Motor transport at Bardia and Capuzzo bombed and machine-gunned. In Abyssinia British troops occupied important position covering Dessie.

Small-scale Luftwaffe day activity over southeast England. Heavy night attack on Plymouth. Bombs also fell in East Anglia. Two Luftwaffe raiders destroyed over Plymouth and two others near French coast.

In the Balkans, Withdrawal of Imperial and Greek forces to new positions almost completed. Movement covered by brilliant delaying action of Anzac troops. Enemy suffered heavy losses. Athens reported bombing of two Greek Red Cross ships, Hesperus, which was sunk, and Ellenis, damaged.

M253 Minesweeper
Commissioned 21 April 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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