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Diary March 27, 1942

HMS 'Campbeltown'
HMS ‘Campbeltown’ wedged in the dock gates of St Nazaire.
WW2 War Diary for Friday, March 27, 1942:

Sea War

Europe: ST NAZAIRE RAID (Operation Chariot). HMS Campbeltown (ex-Flush-decker destroyer USS Buchanan) deliberately rams dock gates at St Nazaire, under murderous German fire, while commandos destroy dock machinery. 5t-HE charge in Campbeltown’s bows explodes later, killing many German naval personnel.
Indian Ocean: Admiral Somerville appointed C-in-C British Eastern Fleet.

Home Fronts

Japan: Kammon Tunnel opened – 2-km-long rail link for coal trains from Kyusha Island to cities of Honshu Island.

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