The Battle of Britain Historical Timeline

A day-by-day chronicle of the aerial conflict in 1940 between the British Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe.

1940

10

Jul

Wednesday 10 July 1940

Convoy raids off North Foreland and Dover. Night: The east coast, home counties and western Scotland attacked. Weather: Showery in south-east England and Channel. Continuous rain elsewhere. Main Activity: At approximately 1100 hours, the convoy codenamed BREAD rounded the North Foreland, travelling west, and was spotted by a Do 17 reconnaissance aircraft of 4.(F)/121 escorted […]

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11

Jul

Thursday 11 July 1940

Convoys attacked off Suffolk. Portland harbour raided. Night: Activity over south-west England, East Anglia, Yorkshire coast and Portsmouth. Weather: Channel overcast. Cloud base 5,000ft, Visibility fair. Thunderstorms and bright intervals in the midlands and north. Main Activity: Shortly after 0700 hours, ten Ju 87 Stuka dive-bombers from IV/LG 1, escorted by Bf 109s from III/JG […]

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12

Jul

Friday 12 July 1940

Attacks on convoy off Norfolk-Suffolk coast, shipping off the Isle of Wight and Aberdeen. Night: South Wales and Bristol areas. Weather: Mainly cloudy with early-morning fog in the Channel. Thunderstorms in many districts. Main Activity: At 0800 hours, a large formation comprising He 111s from III/KG 53 and Do 17s from II/KG 2 was detected […]

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13

Jul

Saturday 13 July 1940

Shipping attacks off Dover and Portland. Night: Minelaying in Thames Estuary. Weather: Early morning fog in southern England clearing by mid-morning. Main Activity: At 1500 hours, twelve Hurricanes of No. 238 Squadron and three Spitfires of No. 609 Squadron were sent from Warmwell to patrol over a convoy in Lyme Bay. Failing to find the […]

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14

Jul

Sunday 14 July 1940

Shipping attacks off Dover and Swanage. Night: Bristol area, Isle of Wight, Kent and Suffolk raided. Weather: Fair all day. Main Activity: At about 1500 hours, Ju 87 Stuka dive-bombers of IV/LG 1, escorted by Bf 109s of III/JG 3 and II/JG 51, were despatched to attack the convoy codenamed BOOTY off Eastbourne. They were […]

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15

Jul

Monday 15 July 1940

Shipping attacked off Norfolk coast and the Channel. Yeovil bombed. Night: Minelaying. Weather: Low cloud. Main Activity: At 1130 hours, two Spitfires from No. 603 Squadron shot down an He 111 from 2./KG 26, which had been despatched from Norway to bomb an airfield just north of the Firth of Forth. The bomber crashed into […]

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16

Jul

Tuesday 16 July 1940

Very little activity. Weather: Fog in France, the Straits and south-east England. Note: On this day, Hitler issued Directive No. 16 ordering the preparation of an invasion plan to ‘eliminate the English motherland as a base from which war against Germany can be continued and, if this should become unavoidable, to occupy it to the […]

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17

Jul

Wednesday 17 July 1940

Search for shipping off Scottish and east coasts. Night: Targets attacked in south-west. Minelaying. Weather: Dull with occasional rain. Main Activity: At around 1400 hours, twelve Spitfires of No. 64 Squadron on patrol over Beachy Head were bounced by Bf 109s of 3./JG 2. One Spitfire was shot down. At 1530 hours, six Hurricanes of […]

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18

Jul

Thursday 18 July 1940

Shipping off south and east coasts attacked. Night: Very little activity. Weather: Occasional rain in southern districts. Straits of Dover cloudy. Cool. Main Activity: At 0930 hours, fifteen Spitfires of Nos. 152 and 610 Squadrons were scrambled to intercept a large raid heading towards a convoy near Deal. The enemy formation turned out to be […]

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19

Jul

Friday 19 July 1940

Dover raided. Defiant squadron largely destroyed. Weather: Showery with bright intervals in most cases. Channel winds light – fair. Night: Some activity between Isle of Wight and Plymouth, Thames Estuary and Harwich. Main Activity: At 1245 hours, nine Defiants of No. 141 Squadron were bounced by Bf 109s of III/JG 51 south of Folkestone. Six […]

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