The Aeroplane News from October 1940

Ben Dunnell looks back 80 years to see how The Aeroplane covered the momentous events of 1940

4 October 1940

The threat of imminent invasion may have receded, but, as this issue of The Aeroplane pointed out, “the night attacks continue on both sides and grow longer with the increased hours of darkness. As yet there has emerged no adequate defence against the night bomber, particularly if it flies high”. But there were still other dangers. “Heavy casualties among its bombers in earlier daylight raids caused a change of tactics to be made by the Luftwaffe in some of its raids last week”, the column ‘The War in the Air’ noted. “Small bomber formations were surrounded by large forces of fighter escorts.”

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