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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

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