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 ships, the RAF fighters encountered a large enemy raid that included the first major deployment of Bf 110 fighter-bombers from V/LG 1. In the resulting action, one Bf 110 was shot down and another two were severely damaged. A pilot from No. 238 Squadron was killed when his Hurricane stalled trying to avoid high tension cables whilst landing.

At about 1730 hours, twelve Ju 87 Stuka dive-bombers from II/StG 1, escorted by nineteen Bf 109s from II/JG 51, attacked Dover Harbour and the convoy codenamed BREAD. Hurricanes from No. 56 Squadron together with Spitfires from No. 64 Squadron intercepted the enemy aircraft, shooting down one Bf 109 and damaging two Stukas. Two Hurricanes were also lost and two Spitfires were damaged by AA fire, force-landing at Hawkinge. During the attack, the British destroyer HMS Vanessa was badly damaged and had to be towed back to port.

German Losses
Airmen: 11 | Aircraft: 6

British Losses
Airmen: 5 | Aircraft: 6

Spitfire R6807, No. 610 Squadron. Aircraft destroyed.
Sgt P.J. Watson-Parker killed. Crashed, reasons not recorded.

Hurricane P2950, No. 238 Squadron. Aircraft destroyed.
F/Lt J.C. Kennedy killed. Believed injured by gunfire from Do 17, crashed on returning to base.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/KennedyJC.htm

Hurricane N2432, No. 56 Squadron. Aircraft destroyed.
Sgt J.R. Cowsill missing. Last seen in combat with Bf 109, believed ditched in Channel.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Cowsill.htm

Hurricane P2922, No. 56 Squadron. Aircraft destroyed.
Sgt J.J. Whitfield missing. Hit by gunfire from Bf 109 over Channel, crashed into sea.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Whitfield.htm

Spitfire R6688, No. 19 Squadron. Aircraft destroyed.
Sgt R.R.G. Birch killed. Stalled while attempting steep turn during dogfight practice.


Photo Descriptions:

  1. A flight of Hawker Hurricane Mark Is of No. 56 Squadron RAF taking off for a sortie from North Weald, Essex. In the foreground another Hurricane Mark I of the Squadron, P2764 ‘US-P’, stands at its dispersal point near the perimeter track on the south-western edge of the airfield. © IWM (CH 158)
  2. Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers during the Battle of Britain, 1940.
  3. HMS Vanessa (D29) docked at Blackwell. She and the destroyer HMS Gallant (H59) were escorting Convoy CW 6, codenamed BREAD, in the English Channel on 13 July 1940 when it came under German air attack shortly after leaving Dover. A bomb landed in the water six yards (5.5 meters) astern of Vanessa, knocking her propellers out of service. The destroyer HMS Griffin (H31) towed her to port. Vanessa underwent repairs at Chatham Dockyard, which were not completed until 4 November 1940. © IWM (A 9503)