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21st June 1942

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The British Royal Air Force carried out extensive attacks on backspace Dunkirk docks.

Russian Front. The Wehrmacht succeeded in driving wedge into Sebastopol defences.

In the Mediterranean. The British Royal Air Force attacked tar gets in Greece and Crete.

In Africa. Tobruk captured by Field Marshal Erwin Rommel Afrika Corps.

The shelling of Deaside, a seaside resort in the State or Oregon, on United States Pacific coast, follows closely on the shelling on Saturday night of Vancouver Island, off the Canadian west coast, and less than 200 miles north of Deaside.

United States Army Department announces that from 6 to 9 shells, apparently fired from unidentified craft offshore, landed In an area north of Deaside at 11.30 pm (local time) on Sunday. There was no damage and no casualties, but further details are not yet available.

The attack is believed to have been by the submarine which attacked Vancouver Island. Deaside is near the mouth of the Columbia River, and is essentially a pleasure resort. There are no military installations near.

The attack on Vancouver was announced by Mr Ralston, Canadian Defence Minister. The C-in-C of West Coast defences, he said, had reported that the Government telegraph station at Estevan Point, Vancouver Island, was shelled, but no damage had been done.

Following this shelling United States Navy had ordered a lockout along the coasts of Alaska and the States of Washington and Oregon.
Navy Department. Confirmed Japanese landing in Kiska, Aleutians.

Four Luftwaffe bombers destroyed in night raid on Southampton.

Arnold-Portal-Towers agreement is signed. It deals with United States air commitments and provides for strong air force for BOLERO.

HALPRO. 9 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb Bengasi harbour after The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Wellingtons light the target with flares and incendiaries.

Eleventh Air Force. War Department (WD) authorises XI Air Force Services Command hitherto Provisional Service Command which is activated at Elmendorf. It is charged with maintaining and supplying all of the Eleventh's bases. Weather cancels all missions except an armed weather sortie over Kiska. Fighters fly local patrols.

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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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