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Diary September 9, 1940

Fires after air raid on fuel depots and tankers on the river  Thames
Fires after air raid on fuel depots and tankers on the river Thames during this day.
Diary for Monday, September 9, 1940:

Air War

Battle of Britain: RAF foils series of intended raids on London, Thameshaven, Tilbury and aircraft factories.
Losses: German, 23; British, 20.
Bombs jettisoned at many points from Canterbury to Chelsea and Kingston.
Luftwaffe Command staff divides London into two target areas: ‘A’, East End and Docks; ‘B’, West London, including power station and ‘provision installations’. Daylight raids to be carried out by Luftflotte 2 and night raids by Luftflotte 3.
Night raids on London by 190 aircraft; Somerset House hit. 370 killed, 1,400 injured.
Palestine: Italian bombers (4 lost) raid Tel-Aviv killing 111 people; leaflets dropped on Jaffa promise freedom for Palestinian Arabs.

Neutrals

USA: US Navy orders 7 battleships, 12 aircraft carriers and 191 other warships.

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