Quiet morning and afternoon.
Night: London, Coventry and Liverpool attacked.
Weather: Widespread fog in the south, clearing to rain later.
With No. 12 Group now receiving the same indications of hostile activity as No. 11 Group, it must have been galling for the Duxford Wing to be grounded by a thick fog which closed all but Tangmere, Kenley and Biggin Hill and the airfields of No. 10 Group.
The morning was therefore quiet with the Luftwaffe content to despatch a few small fighter-bomber raids. At 2 p.m., however, a big formation began to form up over north-east France and three raids totalling thirty-six aircraft were plotted. The expected raid on London did not materialise, but a convoy off Dover and two in the Estuary were unsuccessfully attacked.
At 4 p.m. four small raids of about thirty-three machines were plotted flying high. Convoy ‘Fruit’ off Dover called for help and Uxbridge diverted two squadrons to cover it. Six other squadrons intercepted the main German formation and a dog-fight developed over Dungeness.
The Luftwaffe lost eleven aircraft—four in combat, the rest in operational accidents. Fighter Command lost six planes.
Excerpt from The Narrow Margin by Derek Wood & Derek Dempster
Airmen: 28 | Aircraft: 12
Airmen: 4 | Aircraft: 6
Hurricane R4074, No. 46 Squadron
Sgt. J.P. Morrison killed. Shot down in combat with enemy fighters over Dungeness.
Spitfire P7431, No. 74 Squadron
F/O P.C.B. St.John killed. Shot down in combat with Bf 109s.
Hurricane R4195, No. 257 Squadron
P/O N.B. Heywood killed. Hit by anti-aircraft fire whilst in combat with Bf 109s over Folkestone.
Hurricane V6851, No. 257 Squadron
Sgt. R.H.B. Fraser killed. Shot down in combat with Bf 109s over Folkestone.
- Sgt Stanley Andrew of No. 46 Squadron RAF watches ground staff inspecting the oxygen supply of Hurricane Mk I PO-H before a sortie from RAF Stapleford Tawney in October 1940. © IWM (HU 104479)
- Holland House Library, London, after a German air raid on 22 October 1940.