Convoy off Dover and shipping in the Thames Estuary attacked. London attacked during the afternoon.
Night: Widespread attacks across the country.
Weather: Misty in northern France. Fog over the Thames Estuary and Straits clearing later.
Mist in northern France restricted the Germans to nuisance raids by single aircraft which also attacked some ships in the Channel.
They were more active in the afternoon when two raids of twenty and one of forty aircraft flew in over Kent. At 4.30 p.m. fifty more planes crossed the coast at Folkestone and headed for London. They were followed by more than 100 German machines which flew in four waves.
British fighters, which flew 639 sorties, fought off the Messerschmitts and lost two planes in the fighting. Eleven German aircraft were destroyed.
That night Nos. 85 and 247 squadrons intercepted and fired on two bombers caught by searchlights. The daylight battle was dying out but Fighter Command was only just beginning to get the measure of the task it had to undertake at night.
Excerpt from The Narrow Margin by Derek Wood & Derek Dempster
Airmen: 18 | Aircraft: 14
Airmen: 0 | Aircraft: 0
- Two sentries, armed with rifles and a Bren gun, standing guard on clifftops at Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, on the south coast of England, 28 October 1940. © IWM (H 5108)
- Pilot Officer Peter Kells, the pilot of a Blenheim IF of No. 29 Squadron, climbs into his cockpit at the start of another night patrol from Coleby Grange, Lincolnshire, October 1940. © IWM (CH 1584)