Reconnaissance and small raids in the south.

Night: Lesser raids on London.

Weather: Unsettled, rain in most districts.

Main Activity:

Thursday proved mainly quiet thanks to cloud and poor weather over the south and east coasts. The morning was marked by continuous German reconnaissance. At lunch three small raids appeared on the operations table, and dropped bombs on the radar station at Fairlight—although without doing any real damage. Fighters chased one raider as far as Cap Gris Nez and there shot it down.

Incursions by single raiders went on during the afternoon and early evening but the 247 RAF sorties flown were hampered by the weather. No Fighter Command machine was lost, and the Luftwaffe for the whole period suffered only four casualties.

Excerpt from The Narrow Margin by Derek Wood & Derek Dempster

German Losses
Airmen: 14 | Aircraft: 7

British Losses
Airmen: 1 | Aircraft: 1

Hurricane V7306, No. 213 Squadron
W/Cdr. J.S. Dewar killed. Circumstances not known. Body washed ashore at Kingston Gorse Sussex 30/9/40.

Photo Descriptions:

  1. German airmen are marched off by the Home Guard in Goodwood, Sussex on 12 September 1940. Their burning Heinkel He 111 aircraft can be seen in the background.
  2. St Thomas’s Hospital in Lambeth which was badly damaged in an air raid during September 1940. © IWM (HU 59004)
  3. WAAF telephone operators in the Sector ‘G’ Operations Room at RAF Duxford, receiving reports of enemy aircraft plots from Observer Corps posts, September 1940. © IWM (CH 1404)