Fighter-bomber raids on London and the south-east.

Night: Heavy attacks on London and industrial targets in the Midlands.

Weather: Mainly cloudy in most districts.

Main Activity:

All was quiet until 9.35 a.m. when the first of five Messerschmitt waves were plotted on RDF. In the afternoon high-flying raiders again penetrated inland.

Squadrons of Fighter Command flew 475 sorties and lost four of their machines. German losses were fourteen aircraft.

Nearly 300 bombers gave London a bad night. Traffic was dislocated by severe damage to the railways. In Coventry the Armstrong-Siddeley and Singer Motor Works were hit.

Excerpt from The Narrow Margin by Derek Wood & Derek Dempster

German Losses
Airmen: 11 | Aircraft: 11

British Losses
Airmen: 5 | Aircraft: 5

Spitfire P7370, No. 74 Squadron
Sgt. T.B. Kirk died of wounds 22/7/41. Shot down at Coxheath in combat with enemy fighters over Maidstone. Pilot baled out severely wounded and admitted to Preston Hall Hospital in Maidstone.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Kirk.htm

Blenheim P6952, No. 248 Squadron
Shot down in attack on enemy aircraft off coast of Norway.
P/O G.M. Baird captured
http://bbm.org.uk/airmen/Baird.htm
Sgt. R. Copcutt missing.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Copcutt.htm
Sgt. D.L. Burton captured wounded and admitted to hospital in Stavanger.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/BurtonDL.htm
Sgt. S.V. Wood captured wounded and admitted to hospital in Oslo.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/WoodSV.htm

Blenheim L9453, No. 248 Squadron
Shot down by Bf 109s from 4./JG 77 off Ballen Hemnefjord, Norway.
P/O S.R. Gane killed.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Gane.htm
P/O M.D. Green killed.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/GreenMD.htm
Sgt. N.J. Stocks killed.
http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Stocks.htm


Photo Description:

  1. Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4 (W.Nr. 2780) of 6./JG 52 shot down over Welling, south east London on 20 October 1940 by P/O Bryan Draper of No. 74 Squadron. The pilot Oberfw Albert Friedemann fell dead.