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Bombs Away

Through clear skies the German formation flew on. There was anti aircraft fire, accurate fire, and there were, however, some fighters but this again was unco-ordinated and did not effect the group. Just as twelve Hurricanes of No 238 Squadron bore down on the formation from above and behind, Major Friedrich Kless gave the order over the radio "Bomben los!"

The remaining fifty-seven He 111s opened their bomb doors. From 15,000feet into an area some one-mile by three quarters of a mile rained 350 high explosive bombs. It was classic, devastating, carpet-bombing. A tactic that the German Airforce had perfected since the Spanish Civil War. Underneath was the Bristol Aeroplane Company at Filton; it was 11.48am.

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This is page 5 of Air Raid at Filton 25th September 1940.
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Showing the extent of the airfield with the engine factory at 2 but the main airframe manufacturing hangars at 5, right by Filton village.

Showing the extent of the airfield with the engine factory at 2 but the main airframe manufacturing hangars at 5, right by Filton village.
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The air raid shelter between the hangars are shown here.  Still around to bear witness to tradegy.

The air raid shelter between the hangars are shown here. Still around to bear witness to tradegy.
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