No. 276 NAI DFA Secretary's Files P3

Code telegram from the Department of External Affairs (via Geneva) to
William Warnock (Berlin)
(No. 111S) (Personal) (Copy)

Dublin, 26 August 1940

Between 2 and 3 this afternoon an aircraft identity not yet definitely established but reported to be German dropped bombs near Waterford Harbour and Bannow Bay at Campile, Ballymitty, Duncormick and other places. Details not yet available.1 Occurrence probably due to mistake, but please inform German authorities at once, ask them to have German airmen specially warned against danger of such mistakes and say if German nationality of plane is established we shall, of course, have to make a protest and claim compensation. Some bombs did not explode and are in hands of military.

1 The aircraft were in fact German, two Heinkel-111 medium bombers; they were identified as such by the Irish Defence Forces as they passed into Irish airspace. In the attack at Campile three young women were killed.

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