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Weather: cloudy with rain
Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:
- Blenheim – 38
- Spitfire – 229
- Hurricane – 394
- Defiant – 17
- Gladiator – 8
- Total – 686
In the morning a large force of Me109s attacked airfields south of London, particularly those which had suffered so much damage in the summer. This was a repetition of those earlier heavy raids. A second raid developed in the mid-afternoon, this time with even greater numbers. Nearly 200 enemy aircraft attacked East London and the East Ham Memorial Hospital was hit. The RAF flew over 400 sorties and lost one aircraft but destroyed 9 of the enemy.
That night St. Paul’s Cathedral was hit with the choir stalls and altar being damaged.
85 Squadron Operational Record Book – 9 October, Church Fenton
15 hours 25 minutes non-operational flying consisting of bad weather flying attacks, camera gun and low flying attacks for aerodrome defences. PO J.J. Robinson posted from 6 OTU and Fg Off I.D. Watson (RCAF) attached from 151 Squadron.
Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 9th October 1940):
* Enemy: 4 confirmed, 4 probable, 5 damaged
* Own: One aircraft with pilot safe.
Today’s theme: Top Gun Gallery – Geoffrey Wellum