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18 Aug 1940
  • The British evaucation of Berbera, British Somaliland was completed after troopships Chakdina, Chantala, Laomedon, and Akbar and hospital ship Vita departed the port, destined for Aden. Australian cruiser HMAS Hobart was left behind to collect stragglers and destroy vehicles, fuel, and stores. Colonial troops of the Somaliland Camel Corps chose to remain in their homeland; their British officers respected their decision and allowed them to keep their weapons. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • No. 302 (Polish) and No. 310 (Czechoslovakian) squadrons were activated by the RAF. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • On this "Hardest Day", German aircraft attacked Kenley and Biggin Hill airfields in southern England in the United Kingdom, among other locations, subjecting the airfields to heavy bombing. Losses on both sides were heavy with the Germans losing 69 aircraft and the RAF Fighter Command 29. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
United States
  • The keel of Columbia was laid down by New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, New Jersey, United States. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US President Roosevelt and Canadian Prime Minister King signed the Ogdensburg Agreement in Heuvelton, New York, United States, which established the Permanent Joint Board for the Defense of the United States and Canada. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 18 Aug 1940
Wreckage of a Do 17 aircraft in Britain, 18 Aug 1940

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Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
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