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3rd May 1941

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Events On This Day

The British Admiralty announced that after evacuation from Greece two destroyers, HMS Diamond and HMS Wryneck, had been sunk. Armed merchant cruiser Voltaire overdue and considered lost.

The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavily bombed industrial centre of Cologne. Smaller attacks made on Essen, Duesseldorf and oil tanks at Rotterdam. Scharnhorst and Gneisenau in Brest docks were again attacked also docks at Cherbourg and Boulogne and aerodrome at Le Touquet. Other forces bombed oil tanks and aerodrome in southern Norway.

The war against Italy, Wehrmacht's attack on Tobruk brought to standstill by artillery tire. In Sollum area British mechanised forces carried out successful raid. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) raided Beninac and Benghazi. In Debub sector, Abyssinia, Indian troops occupied Emadani and Ulethert. It was reported that the British Royal Air Force (RAF) had sunk Kriegsmarine destroyer and a freighter in Mediterranean.

Third successive Luftwaffe night attack on Merseyside. Many casualties and much damage done. Luftwaffe bombs fell at many other points of Britain. Sixteen Luftwaffe raiders destroyed.

In Iraq, Fighting in progress between British and Iraqis at Habbaniyat. Pipeline to Haifa reported to have been cut. The British Royal Air Force (RAF) heavily attacked petrol dumps and magazines at Moascar-Rashid, Iraqi aerodrome outside Baghdad.

M154 Minesweeper
Launched 3 May 1941

M205 Minesweeper
Launched 3 May 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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