Thursday, January 13, 2011

Day 501 January 13, 1941

Overnight, Luftwaffe aircraft drop 106 high explosive bombs on Plymouth damaging Sherwell Congregational Church in Tavistock Road, City Hospital at Freedom Fields, gas works at Coxside and Corporation electricity works at Prince Rock (26 civilians killed, 117 wounded). Electricity will be restored next day but Plymouth is without gas for 3 weeks. Patrol Officer George Wright and Leading Fireman Cyril Lidstone of Auxiliary Fire Service win George Medals for putting out a fire on an oil tank that would otherwise have exploded.

RAF bombs the U-boat base at Lorient during the night.

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