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31st May 1941

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Events On This Day

In Africa, Sfax harbour, Tunisia, bombed by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) Night attack on Bengliazi. South African Air Force (SAAF) bombed enemy motor transport, tents and buildings near Ghimbi, Abyssinia.

Near East, British withdrawal from Crete continued, protected by the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and South African Air Force (SAAF) fighter patrols. Seven Luftwaffe bombers destroyed. Heavy night attack on aerodromes at Maleme and Heraklion.

In Iraq, Rashid Ali having fled to Iran, Iraqis signed armistice with Britain.

Luftwaffe night raid on Merseyside, points in North Wales and in south and west of England. Three Luftwaffe bombers destroyed.

M256 Minesweeper
Launched 31 May 1941

M322 Minesweeper
Launched 31 May 1941

M363 Minesweeper
Launched 31 May 1941

T13 Torpedo boat
Commissioned 31 May 1941

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Raid Damage In Dublin

RAlD DAMAGE IN DUBLIN after the Nazis had dropped bombs in the early morning of 31 May 1941. A.R.P. wardens are searching the debris in North Strand where 20 people were killed. In protesting to Germany the Eireann Government announced that 27 people were killed and 80 injured, but the figures subsequently proved higher. With typical stupidity the Nazis tried to put the blame on Britain for this outrage before the bombs were proved to be of German origin. Eire, like other neutrals, has learned again that German aggression respects no frontiers.
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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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