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Weather: persistent rain

Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:

  • Blenheim – 48
  • Spitfire – 229
  • Hurricane – 411
  • Defiant – 18
  • Gladiator – 8
  • Total – 714

This day began with a single bomb carrying aircraft attacking Biggin Hill which, though alone, did considerable damage. Later in the day a more substantial group of aircraft formed up behind Calais and came across the Channel to attack Middle Wallop, Northolt and Uxbridge. The RAF despite difficult conditions did well, losing one aircraft to an enemy toll of 6.
That night German aircraft attacked the De Havilland works which were lucky to escape without much damage. The Hawker factory at Slough was also attacked, as well as the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich, but little damage was done. That night only 7 bombers attacked central London, leaving the populace with a relatively quiet sleep.

303 Squadron Operational Record Book – 6 October
10:30 hours

Enemy attack on the aerodrome by 1 aircraft. Sgt Suidak was killed by a bomb which fell between the hangars. Aircraft totally destroyed. FS Kanis rejoined the Squadron from no. 6 OTU.

Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 6th October 1940):

* Enemy: 1 confirmed, 0 probable, 1 damaged
* Own: One Spitfire with the pilot missing.

Today’s theme: Captains and Commanders – Stumpff

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