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25 Oct 1940
  • US Navy began to mobilize its aviation arm. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • British minesweeping trawler HMT Lord Inchcape hit a mine and sank off Plymouth, England, United Kingdom. ww2dbase [CPC]
  • Three RAF Hudson bombers attacked German submarine U-46 in the Atlantic Ocean, wounding Matrosengefreiter Plaep, who would die from his injuries on the next day. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • British gunboat HMS Aphis bombarded Italian troops 15 miles east of Sidi Barrani, Egypt. ww2dbase [CPC]
Germany
  • British bombers attacked Hamburg and Berlin in Germany, causing heavy casualties. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Italy
  • The Italian Navy formed the Forza Navale Speciale (FNS) under Vice Admiral Vittorio Tur. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • 16 Italian BR20M bombers attacked Felixstowe and Harwich in Britain; 1 crashed on take off and 2 crashed on the return flight. Meanwhile, four groups of German Bf 109 fighters swept southern England, United Kingdom, shooting down 10 British fighters while losing 14 of their own. At dusk, German He 111 bombers attacked Montrose airfield in Scotland. Overnight, London, Birmingham, Pembroke, Cardiff, and Liverpool were bombed. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]

25 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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