On 5th April 1941, Field Marshal Kesselring attended a meeting in northern France. There, officers discussed possible Luftwaffe objectives including Belfast.
On the night of 7th-8th April 1941, the Luftwaffe attacked the city of Belfast for the first time. This would become known as the Docks Raid or the Wee Raid.
On 8th April 1941, the Ministry of Public Security and the Headquarters of the R.A.F. in Northern Ireland issued a joint statement regarding the Docks Raid.