Single raids in the south and reconnaissance flights.

Night: Main attacks in South Wales.

Weather: Showers with bright intervals. Cloudy in Straits, Channel and Thames Estuary.

Main Activity:

Low cloud and rain continued throughout this Friday, limiting operations once again to guerrilla warfare by single, or occasionally flights of two or three machines.

Outer London, Tangmere, St. Albans, Portsmouth, Maidstone, Cromer, Harwich, Southampton, Colchester, Biggin Hill and Abingdon reported small attacks, while the east coast convoys were bombed. Of the raiders attempting to penetrate the London defences, several jettisoned their bombs in the suburbs—houses, a bank and two cinemas being hit. Fighter Command’s 482 sorties showed five German aircraft destroyed without British loss.

Excerpt from The Narrow Margin by Derek Wood & Derek Dempster

German Losses
Airmen: 20 | Aircraft: 8

British Losses
Airmen: 0 | Aircraft: 1

Photo Description:

  1. Boulton Paul Defiant Mark Is (L7006 ‘PS-X’ nearest) of No. 264 Squadron RAF, being prepared for take off by groundcrew at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire, August 1940. © IWM (CH 880)