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Churchill immediately gave instructions that the RAF would continue hitting Berlin until the Germans reacted After 4 more raids into Berlin Hitler was sufficiently outraged to change the basic strategy of the Battle of Britain On September 7 1940 Goering under Hitlers orders sent hundreds of bombers and fighter escorts across the channel with only one target London The first raids over London were conducted during the day This enabled the bombers to accurately identify their targets Navigation was also easier as the German pilots could check their position against topographical features such as the Thames oxbow fig 3 Unfortunately for the German bomb crews daylight bombing also meant that they could be seen much easier and were therefore easier targets for fighters and ground fire The attacks of September 78 killed about three hundred Londoners and wounded over a thousand others The Luftwaffe also suffered heavily The raid cost the Germans fifty-three planes most of them fighters Although no one knew it at the time the British had just won the Battle of Britain In round-the-clock raids over the next seven days 2000 Londoners died and more than 10000 were wounded Although these casualty figures were all the more horrific because the wounded were civilians there were those who rejoiced at the bombings The Germans concentration on the capital had the immediate effect of taking the pressure off Fighter Commands airfields and supply factories It also enabled the RAF to hit back at the enemy hard enough to hurt because now the British knew where the Luftwaffe was focusing is attacks and could be ready and waiting On September 15 Goering decided to mount an all-out aerial attack on London Goering organized over 400 bombers and 700 fighters in the single largest attack launched on London thus-far However like so many of the battles before Sunday September 15 the day that would come to be known as Battle of Britain day
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