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Weather: widespread mist

Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:

  • Blenheim – 46
  • Spitfire – 217
  • Hurricane – 368
  • Defiant – 16
  • Gladiator – 8
  • Total – 655

An active day. In the morning, there were attacks on Biggin Hill, London and Kent. In the afternoon over 100 enemy aircraft reached South London. In the late afternoon there were raids of over 100 enemy aircraft over south east Kent and there was a small raid on Biggin Hill. Fighter Command flew 797 sorties. They lost 10 aircraft but shot down 11 enemy aircraft.

That night the Luftwaffe visited and bombed Hastings, Coventry and Trafalgar Square.

85 Squadron Operational Record Book -12 October
12 hours 35 minutes non-op flying consisting of formation and cloud flying. Practice squadron formation, pilots were Sqdn Ldr Townsend, Flt Lt Marshall, FO Hemingway, Sgt Goodman, Sgt Webster, Sgt Berkeley, Sgt Gray, Flt Lt Allard, PO Thompson.

Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 12th October 1940):

*  Enemy:  11 confirmed, 11 probable, 7 damaged
*  Own: 10 aircraft with 4 pilots lost.

Today’s theme:  The Airfields – RAF North Weald

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