Friday, October 1, 2010

Day 398 October 2, 1940

Battle of Britain Day 85. A Ju88 leaves Amsterdam at 3 AM on a reconnaissance flight but gets lost and lands at 6.30 AM at Brightlingsea, Essex, Southeast England. From 9 AM to 4.30 PM, Luftwaffe sends 6 raids of Messerschmitt Bf109 and Bf110 fighters (some carrying bomb loads) to harass Kent and London but bombers are only present in 1 attack. A few bombs fall on Kent and London. RAF shoots down 5 bombers and 5 Bf109 fighters. RAF loses only 1 fighter (pilot safe). Overnight, London is bombed again as well as Manchester and Newcastle.

British destroyers HMS Havock and Hasty sink Italian submarine Berillo 50 miles south of Crete (all 45 crew rescued). Cruisers HMS Orion and Sydney bombard the port of Maltezana on the Italian-held Greek island of Stampalia (now Astypalaia).

At 6.25 PM, 400 miles West of Ireland, U-32 sinks British steamer Kayeson (carrying 2800 tons of general cargo and 3900 tons of coal from Liverpool) with the last torpedo. All 38 crew abandon ship in the lifeboats, but are never found.

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