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The Road to Liberation - 16th February 1941

Good Morning

As some normality is on the horizon we can release the RIB tour dates for 2021

Click the photo below or above link for dates and booking options for the WW2 boat tour. In the past two years, this tour has sold out fast so please book early to avoid disappointment. Worth remembering we are a non-profit and the money made from our tours is used to fund ongoing maintenance and projects supporting the education of WW2 history.

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80 years ago today in Jersey 16th February 1941

Today would be the 231st day of the Islands Occupation with 1,543 days remaining.

A very quiet Sunday 80 years ago today with nothing recorded that we can find.


Further afield

16th February 1941

The commonwealth graves commission record 227 deaths this day 80 years ago, the average age was 29.

RAF Action

This past week 80 years ago Bomber Command flew 30 sorties by day and 283 by night (184 on the 15th/16th) and Coastal Command 6 by day and 33 by night.


On the night of the 16th the Sicilian aerodromes at Catania, Comiso and Gela were attacked by Wellingtons. They also machine-gunned the beacon station at Cape Passero. Buildings and hangars were hit at Catania and aircraft on the ground were left burning.


British minesweeping trawler HM Ormonde was sunk by German aircraft 25 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland, killing 19.

Luftwaffe Action

Early in the morning of the 16th a dock pumping station was damaged in Chatham Dockyard. The Naval establishment at Skegness was bombed twice during the same morning, the second attack causing fairly extensive damage and a few casualties.

Four people were killed and one injured when German bombers dropped HEs at Seaham Harbour, demolishing four houses and damaging others. The slight outbreak of fire was extinguished and the bridge across the railway over Lord Street was destroyed and the road blocked. Men, women and children were trapped in a subway which collapsed when a bomb fell on it. The fatalities occurred in Frederick Street.