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10 Oct 1940
  • During the night, 14 British aircraft from Waddington, Lincolnshire and Lindholme, Yorkshire attacked battleship Tirpitz to little effect. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Atlantic Ocean
  • British ship Graigwen, damaged on the previous day and abandoned, was sunk by German submarine U-123 at 2333 hours. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British motor torpedo boats MTB-22, MTB-31, and MTB-32 attacked a German convoy in the middle of the Dover Strait, sinking German trawler Nordenham and capturing 34 prisoners. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Communist Chinese New 4th Army linked up with Communist Chinese 8th Route Army at Baiju Village, Dongtai County, Jiangsu Province, China. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • Adolf Hitler initiated the Führer-Sofortprogramm, an emergency program to build shelters for the urban populations of Germany. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • US forces arrived on Trinidad. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • A lone German Do 17 bomber on a reconnaissance mission was caught over RAF Tangmere in England, United Kingdom by British fighters. While attempting to shoot it down, two British fighters collided, killing both pilots. Then, another fighter, piloted by Sergeant Ellis, was damaged by the German bomber's guns, and crash landed The Do 17 bomber sustained heavy damage, but was able to make it back to France, crash landed, and saved all of its photographs. During the day, four German raids of 20 to 100 aircraft were mounted, with bombs dropping on London and other towns. Through the day, the British lost 5 fighters with 3 pilots killed, while shooting down 3 German fighters and 1 Do 17 bomber. Between 1824 and 1844 hours, Dover was struck by 18 shells from German guns at Calais, France. Overnight, London, Manchester, and various airfields were bombed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 10 Oct 1940
British Morris Quad vehicle towing an Ordnance QF 4.5 inch Howitzer of 51st Highland Division on the Huntly-Turniff road in Banffshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, 10 Oct 1940

10 Oct 1940 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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