Widespread limited attacks.
Night: Serious and widespread damage to London. Coventry also damaged.
Weather: Occasional rain or drizzle spreading to the south-east.
It was 10.15 a.m. before the Germans showed signs of serious business. Fifty small raids were then picked up heading for the south-east and the south midlands. Some passed over north London aerodromes, including North Weald, which was by now showing the effects of nearly 400 accurately aimed bombs. Hardly a building had escaped so that dispersal and improvisation were necessary to keep the four squadrons going.
More than 100 patrols involving 272 fighters were flown. They neither scored nor lost. Three German aircraft were destroyed, nevertheless, in accidents.
Although the East End of London bore the main burden of the early German attacks, it was not long before the West End was sharing its bombing experiences with the poorer sections of the capital.
Excerpt from The Narrow Margin by Derek Wood & Derek Dempster
Airmen: 1 | Aircraft: 4
Airmen: 1 | Aircraft: 1
Hurricane P3107, No. 605 Squadron
F/O R. Hope killed. Aircraft brought down by balloon cable or anti-aircraft fire.
- On the night of 14 October 1940, a bomb penetrated the road and exploded in Balham Underground station, killing 68 people. A No. 88 bus travelling in black-out conditions then fell into the crater.
- A bus in the bomb crater caused by a German air raid on Balham in South London on 14 October 1940.
- Sections of tram track are also visible among the debris. Workmen and others stand around the rim of the crater.
- This view shows a cross-passage at the station, almost filled with rubble.
- People are still moving along the footway beneath as the double decker bus is removed from the bomb crater.
- 3.7-inch guns of 75th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Artillery, near Dover, 14 October 1940. © IWM (H 4726)
- Troops from the Somerset Light Infantry man an armoured train on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway in Kent, 14 October 1940. © IWM (H 4731)
- Men of the 5th (Doncaster) Battalion of the Home Guard under attack from an ‘enemy dive-bomber’ during a training exercise at Punch’s Hotel, Bessacarr, Doncaster, 14 October 1940. The aircraft is an RAF Miles Magister trainer. © IWM (H 4757)