A battery of 10.5cm Flak 38's firing together in an attempt to 'bracket' an RAF bomber.
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08/01/1941 96,000 people now sleeping in the Underground and Tube stations, 40,000 less than in October.
13/01/1941 The Luftwaffe launches a heavy attack against Plymouth.
20/01/1941 Compulsory fire watching duty introduced in Great Britain.
31/01/1941 January’s civilian casualty figures are 1,500 killed and 2,012 injured.
 
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10/02/1941 The RAF attacks the oil storage tanks at Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The raid sees the operational debut of the RAF's first 4-engine heavy bomber, the Stirling.
11/02/1941 Hanover is bombed by the RAF.
24/02/1941 The 2-engine Manchester bomber, is used for the first time during an RAF raid against Brest.
28/02/1941 British monthly civilian casualty figures tally at 789 killed and 1068 injured.
 
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02/03/1941 The RAF launches a heavy raid against Cologne.
10/03/1941 The RAF attacks Le Havre and at the same time gives the new 4-engine Halifax bomber it debut, although one of the six Halifax's involved is shot down on its return flight by an RAF night fighter.
13/03/1941 The Luftwaffe carries out a heavy raid against Clydebank, near Glasgow. 35,000 of the towns population of 47,000 are made homeless.
24/03/1941 Berlin suffers its first raid of the year by the RAF.
31/03/1941 British civilian casualties for March are 4,259 killed and 5,557 injured.
 
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06/04/1941 The Luftwaffe launches an air attack against the Greek port of Piraeus from bases in Bulgaria. During the raid, the British ammunition ship Clan Fraser is hit and explodes in a massive fireball, wrecking the harbour and port facilities.
08/04/1941 After a temporary lull, the Luftwaffe launches a heavy attack against Coventry.
09/04/1941 The RAF attack Kiel in an attempt to knock out the port facilities.
11/04/1941 Bristol is bombed by the Luftwaffe.
15/04/1941 The Luftwaffe keeps up its air offensive by attacking Belfast.
16/04/1941 The Luftwaffe launches a heavy raid against London.
19/04/1941 London receives another heavy pounding by the Luftwaffe.
30/04/1941 British air raid casualty figures in April are 6,065 killed, 6,926 injured.
 
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01/05/1941 The Luftwaffe begins a series of 8 consecutive night raids against Liverpool.
07/05/1941 The Luftwaffe launches the first of two consecutive night raids against the British port of Hull.
09/05/1941 The Luftwaffe launches a massive night raid (507 bombers) against London which causes many fires and cripples the rail system in the city. Liverpool has its 7th consecutive night air raid. Belfast, Clydeside and Humberside also suffer in a heavy week of raids. The RAF attacks Bremen and Hamburg, but with little effect.
10/05/1941 The Luftwaffe launches a massive attack against London, the heaviest so far received by the capital. One third of all streets within Greater London are rendered impassible and 155,000 family's are left without gas, water and electricity. Westminster Abbey, House of Commons, Tower of London and the Royal Mint are all hit. A record 1,436 people are killed and 1,792 are seriously injured.
11/05/1941 The RAF launches a heavy raid against Hamburg.
15/05/1941 RAF night raids on Hanover, Berlin and Cuxhaven.
16/05/1941 With a raid by 111 German aircraft on Birmingham, the Night Blitz campaign against England comes to an end. Most Luftwaffe bomber formations in France and Belgium are being transferred to airfields in eastern Germany and occupied Poland. The RAF launch a night raid on Cologne.
18/05/1941 British air raids on Germany continue.
31/05/1941 German bombers attack Dublin by mistake. The Eire government protests, Germans later offer compensation. British civilian casualties for May announced as 5,394 killed and 5,181 injured.
 
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01/06/1941 The Luftwaffe carries out a night raid (110 bombers) on Manchester.
02/06/1941 Goring tells the Luftwaffe ‘There is no unconquerable island’. The Ruhr industrial area bombed by RAF.
08/06/1941 RAF launch biggest bombing raid yet on Germany with 360 aircraft.
09/06/1941 Fire Service Council established in Britain, with 1,400 local brigades being merged in to 32 regional ones.
12/06/1941 The RAF raids the Ruhr, Rhineland and German ports in the first of 20 consecutive night raids.
13/06/1941 The Luftwaffe carries out a raid on the British naval base at Chatham, but with little success.
14/06/1941 The RAF begins fighter sweeps over Northern France.
 
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01/07/1941 RAF starts daylight air offensive over Northern France, English Channel and Occupied Europe.
02/07/1941 The RAF carries out night raids on Bremen and Cologne.
05/07/1941 The RAF carries out night raids on Münster and Bielefeld.
27/07/1941 London is severely bombed by the Luftwaffe, in its first air raid for 10 weeks.
31/07/1941 During July, 501 British civilians died in air raids.
 
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20/08/1941 Adolf Hitler authorises the development of the V-2 missile.
 
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02/09/1941 RAF daylight raids on Occupied Europe miss only 19 days in August and September.
30/09/1941 Newcastle bombed, but only the second serious raid on Britain in a month with September’s casualties listed as 217 killed.
 
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31/10/1941 British air raid casualties in October remain low at 262 killed. RAF raid occupied Europe on all but six days with Hamburg and Cologne bombed three times. Dover the only serious British casualty.
 
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07/11/1941 The RAF bombs Berlin with 169 aircraft, but 21 are lost.
 
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02/12/1941 Hitler issues Directive No.38 which tasks Kesselring as C-in-C South, with gaining air superiority over the area between southern Italy and Libya in order to deny British supplies to Malta and Libya. To assist with this, he was given Fleigerkorps II, which was transferred from Russia. This, together with the existing air units of Fleigerkorps X were to form Luftflotte 2 and give the axis a significant numerical superiority over the RAF.
 

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