EIRE: Sassenach Stratagem

On the night of May 31, 1941, bombs thudding into neutral Dublin caused 35 deaths and a strong Irish protest. Many a Dubliner suspected the Sassenachs, but investigation proved the bomb fragments German. Last week Dubliners learned from the R.A.F. that the bombing of Dublin had been an English trick after all.

The raiders were German planes, navigating by direction-finding radio. R.A.F. electronic defenses diverted them from their true course, later lost control of the planes' movements. Over Eire, Nazi bombardiers laid their eggs squarely on what they thought was Belfast.

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