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    Default RAF raid on Brest 1/2 July 1941 - newspapers

    Hi,

    was there any article in British newspapers about this particular raid in which Prinz Eugen was hit?

    I was trying to find any but no luck.

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    The Times would probably be a good one to start with....

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    I tried already before posting this question and no hit on this particular raid.

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    Hi Pavel,

    I have emailed you the article from 25 July 1941 Toronto Globe and Mail.

    Regards,

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    Many thanks Dave!

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    Pavel

    the ship isn't mentioned but the The Times did report the attack in the Thursday, Jul 03, 1941 (pg. 4; Issue 48968; col G) edition:

    "Raids on Brest and Cherbourg
    The Air Ministry yesterday issued the follwing announcement:-
    Aircraft of the Bomber Command on Tuesday night attacked the naval base at Brest, where the three enemy warships are still lying. Bombs were seen to straddle the dry-dock in which one of the battleships is berthed. The docks at Cherbourg were also bombed. Two aircraft are missing from these operations"

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    Thanks a lot Amrit, what a stupid mistake! I was looking only for the attack by the name Prinz Eugene...

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    High Pavel,

    Here’s what was reported in the french newspaper "La Dépêche", today's "Le télégramme. But it is unfortunately very very short, two lines !

    Au cours de la nuit, l’artillerie de la DCA a abattu deux autres avions de combat anglais au dessus de la côte de la Manche, or « During the night, the anti-aircarft guns shot down two others combat aircraft above the channel coast »
    It can be found in the "Archives municipales de Brest", but not on line. Since Barbarossa in June 1941, no more crash sites were reported, as it could have been the case before.

    And nothing found for the moment in the department archives.

    Hope it helps
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    Thanks Gildas!

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    From Bomber Command Book (The Air ministry account of Bomber Command’s Offensives Against the Axis).. Printed by his majesty’s Stationary Office 1941
    page 77... The Prinz Eugen was hit on the night of 1st/2nd July. Serious damage was inflicted and is believed that between forty and fifty of her crew were killed.

    Cheers Motherbird

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