Events occurring on Wednesday, April 3, 1940  
  The Royal Air Force  
  Air Marshal Sir Charles Portal succeeded Air Marshal Sir Edgar Ludlow-Hewitt as Air Officer Commanding in Chief of Bomber Command. Portal advocated strategic area bombing against German industrial areas instead of bombing of specific factories or plants. He gave the first order to bomb Berlin on August 25 1940 which resulted in the shift of the Luftwaffe from bombing RAF airfields to bombing London.  
  Events in the United Kingdom  
  First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill became chairman of the Military Coordinating Committee.  
  Canada in WW2  
  Alexander Cambridge, the Earl of Athlone, was appointed the 16th Governor-General of Canada.  
  April 1940 Calendar  
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