You are currently browsing the daily archive for October 20, 2010.
Weather: cloudy with some haze
Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:
- Blenheim – 44
- Spitfire – 226
- Hurricane – 411
- Defiant – 20
- Gladiator – 7
- Total – 708
This day, there were raids at 9.35, 11.00, 13.15, 14.20 and 15.00 on London and the south east but a number of interceptions were made by the RAF. The RAF flew 745 sorties and lost 4 aircraft but succeeded in shooting down 14 enemy aircraft.
The coming night, London was given a hard time by a force of no less than 300 bombers which pounded the city. Coventry was also heavily bombed and many fires were started.
1 Squadron Operational Record Book – 20 October
Practice flying: fighter attacks, vector by R/T, high flying tactics. Blue section (B Flight) scrambled base, 20,000 ft, but no e/a sighted. Sgt A. Zavoral landed at Cottesmore. Sgt. H.E. Pettit posted to no. 605 Squadron, Kenley.
Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 20th October 1940):
* Enemy: 9 confirmed, 7 probable, 6 damaged
* Own: Three aircraft. Pilots safe.
Today’s theme: Captains and Commanders – Erhard Milch