World War II As It Happened
A MaritimeQuest Daily Event Special Presentation
Thursday August 15, 1940
Day 350

August 15, 1940: Front page of the Manchester Evening News, Manchester, England.
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Note the report at top left: "Greek Cruiser Sunk By Unknown Submarine"
(This caused quite an incident considering Italy and Greece were not at war. The Italians and Germans naturally blamed the British. The cruiser Helle was sunk by Lieutenant (Tenente di vascello) Giuseppe Aicardi and his submarine Delfino. Both quite Italian.)


August 15, 1940: Front page of The Daily Mail, Hull, England.
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(It is worth noting that Aug. 15, 1940 the Luftwaffe launched the largest offensive to date, Operation Adler. (Operation Eagle) This involved over 1,780 sorties being flown against R.A.F. targets. The operation was designed to cripple the Royal Air Force by destroying facilities and aircraft. However, the Germans got the worst of it, losing 94 aircraft (56 shot down, 8 missing, 18 crash-landed and 9 badly damaged.
 
Note the report in column 5: "Never Doubt British Air Claims"
(This unsourced report made me laugh. Someone was really trying to convince the people that the government was "always" telling the truth. The report starts with "No one need doubt the accuracy of the figures issued by the Air Ministry showing the remarkable victories scored daily." In other words, just believe what we are saying without asking any questions. This is what every government official wishes the people would do. I draw attention to this not to mock the Air Ministry or to claim that they deliberately lied, although after doing some research on the numbers of claims they made over the next few weeks one must wonder.)


August 15, 1940: Front page of the Derby Evening Telegraph, Derby, England.
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August 15, 1940: Front page of the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.
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August 15, 1940: Front page of The Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
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August 15, 1940: Front page of The Sydney Sun, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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(I wonder if anyone doubted this headline.)


August 15, 1940: Front page of The Telegraph, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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August 15, 1940: Front page of The Lethbridge Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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Note the photo at center: "Flaming Finish For Five German Planes"
(Four days after this photo was discredited by the Air Ministry, the press were still running it as true. Should we NEVER DOUBT the press?)
[See "British Discredit Photo of 5 Falling Nazi Planes"in The Sunday Star of Aug. 11, 1940.]
 
Also note the report at center: "88 German Planes Shot Down In Furious Assault On Suburbs Of London"
(With the "Never Doubt" clause in mind, here are the best figures I have. There were 56 German aircraft shot down, 8 others missing, 18 had forced landings due to combat damage and 3 were lost for non-combat reasons. The report also stated that 19 British fighters were lost, the real number was 31 with another 5 being total losses due to combat damage.)


August 15, 1940: Front page of The Winnipeg Tribune, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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August 15, 1940: Front page of Haarlem's Dagblad, Haarlem, Netherlands.
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August 15, 1940: Front page of the Biddeford Daily Journal, Biddeford, Maine.
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Note the report in columns 1-2: "Hollywood Denies Communistic Ties"


August 15, 1940: Front page of The Evening Star, Washington, D.C.
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August 15, 1940: Front page of The Evening Gazette, Xenia, Ohio.
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August 15, 1940: Front page of The Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas.
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Note the photo and report at top: "And Now The Aerobile, Combination Auto And Plane"
(This was not the first such contraption, the first flying car, called the Arrowbile, took to flight on Mar. 21, 1937. In July 2021 the latest version of the plane/car was rolled out to the pubic in the form of the AirCar. Over 42,000 people died in car crashes in the U.S.A. last year. People can't control a car on the ground, what makes anyone think that having them in the air will be any better?)


August 15, 1940: Front page of The Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Tennessee.
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August 15, 1940: Front page of The Bakersfield Californian, Bakersfield, California.
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August 15, 1940: Front page of the Hamburger Neueste Zeitung, Altona, Hamburg, Germany.
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1. U-Boot versenkte Hilfskreuzer im Atlantik.
(U-Boat sinks auxiliary cruiser in the Atlantic.)
[The German report on the sinking of HMS Transylvania.]
2. Gestern 28 Britenflugzeuge vernichtet.
(28 British aircraft destroyed yesterday.)


August 15, 1940: Front page of the Völkischer Beobachter, the official newspaper of the NSDAP.
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1. In 6 Tagen 371 britische Flugzeuge vernichtet.
(In 6 days 371 British aircraft destroyed.)
2. Rüstungswerke, Großtanklager, Flugplätz, und Werften durch Bomben zerstört.
(Armaments factories, large tank farms, airfields and shipyards destroyed by bombs.)



   
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