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5th April 1942: Two cruisers sunk off Ceylon - as the Royal Navy again underestimate the range and power of Japanese carrier borne aircraft
The early morning attack on the Royal Navy base at Colombo, Ceylon by Japanese carrier based planes had been largely thwarted by a lack of surprise - after the Japanese attack group had been spotted on the 4th April.
Nevertheless the Royal Navy ships in the Indian Ocean…
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