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18 Feb 1941

United Kingdom
  • In the afternoon, a single Dornier Do 17Z of 1/K2 that had been reporting weather conditions over the County of Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, passed near to the RAF base at Duxford and then flew west and strafed an Army Convoy heading into Newmarket. Over the town it released ten bombs that fell directly in line with the market town's busy High Street. Eighteen shops and businesses were completely destroyed, and the civilian casualties were high, many being trapped in the shops that had collapsed. The town was ill equipped to deal with such a serious raid and it was only days later when rubble had been cleared that it became clear that 20 civilians had died and over 200 injured, seven more would die in hospital due to their injuries. This attack was one of the worst of many such lightening and seemingly pointless attacks that the mostly rural coastal county would undergo of the course of the war. ww2dbase [Battle of Britain | Newmarket, England | HM]
16 May 1942

Photo(s) dated 16 May 1942
Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Major-General Brian Horrocks aboard a Covenanter tank of 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, British 27th Armoured Brigade near Newmarket, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, 16 May 1942; note H. V. Evatt in second tankPrime Minister Winston Churchill and Major-General Brian Horrocks inspecting British 9th Armoured Division atop a Covenanter tank of 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, new Newmarket, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, 16 May 1942

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