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1940 in aviation

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This is a list of aviation-related events from 1940:

Events

March

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May

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July

August

  • August 15 - the heaviest fighting of the Battle of Britain occurs, with the loss of 46 British and 76 German aircraft.
  • August 25-26 - Britain makes its first air raid on Berlin of the war.
  • August 31 - Polish 303 Squadron, the most efficient allied unit of the Battle of Britain, enters action.

September

  • September 7 - Hermann Göring orders the Luftwaffe to stop targeting British airfields and attack London itself instead.
  • September 7-September 8 - the largest mass air combat in history takes place over Britain, with 1,200 British and German aircraft operating in an area of only 24 x 48 km (15 x 30 miles).
  • September 15 - Germany makes its heaviest daylight raid on London
  • September 30 - the Battle of Britain is said to be over, with Hitler's planned invasion of Britain ("Operation Seelöwe") postponed indefinitely.

October

November

December

  • December 29-30 - the Luftwaffe makes a devastating attack on London, making extensive use of incendiary weapons.

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