Targets in Kent, Sussex and Weymouth attacked.

Night: Raids on London, Liverpool, Manchester and Tyne and Tees.

Weather: Mainly fair apart from showers in coastal areas. Fog developed during the night.

Main Activity:

Four fighter sweeps over Kent and Sussex and two over Weymouth by Bf 109s flying at heights of up to 33,000 feet occupied the southern sector fighters throughout the day.

At 10 a.m. 100 Bf 109s assembled at Cap Gris Nez and crossed the coast at Hastings. They attacked Folkestone, Deal, Canterbury and Ashford. An hour later another stream went for Biggin Hill and Kenley. At 2.15 p.m. about 100 aircraft reached Southend and by 4 p.m. a similar number penetrated as far as Maidstone and Tonbridge.

Altogether seven German aircraft were destroyed. Fighter Command squadrons, which flew 949 sorties, lost nine machines, but only three pilots. Six pilots were wounded.

Excerpt from The Narrow Margin by Derek Wood & Derek Dempster

German Losses
Airmen: 17 | Aircraft: 10

British Losses
Airmen: 4 | Aircraft: 9

Spitfire X4052, No. 41 Squadron
F/O D.H. O’Neill killed. Mid-air collision with Spitfire X4554 during a battle climb to engage Bf 109s.

Spitfire P9447, No. 41 Squadron
P/O J.G. Lecky killed. Shot down in combat with Bf 109s. Pilot baled out but was killed.

Spitfire P7303, No. 421 Flight
Sgt. C.A.H. Ayling killed. Aircraft crashed at Newchurch after combat with enemy aircraft over Hawkinge.

Spitfire P7323, No. 611 Squadron
Sgt. K.C. Pattison critically injured (died 13/10/40). Aircraft badly damaged by return fire from Do 17 over Kidderminster in Worcestershire.

Photo Descriptions:

  1. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 (“White 10”) of 1./JG 2 Richthofen taxis out to take off, October 1940.
  2. Pilot Officer A.V. “Taffy” Clowes of No. 1 Squadron, climbing into his Hawker Hurricane Mark I (P3395 “JX-B”), in a revetment at RAF Wittering, Huntingdonshire, October 1940. P3395 was passed on to No. 55 Operational Training Unit on 8 November 1940. Transferred to No. 5 Flying Training School, it was written off after a wheels-up landing at Ternhill on 24 March 1942. © IWM (CH 17331)
  3. Pilot Officer A V “Taffy” Clowes of No. 1 Squadron, standing by the nose of his Hawker Hurricane Mark I, P3395 ‘JX-B’, at Wittering, Huntingdonshire, October 1940. The wasp emblem was painted on the nose of his aircraft during the Battle of Britain, Clowes adding a new stripe to the body for each enemy aircraft which he shot down. His final score was at least twelve. © IWM (CH 1570)