Convoy raids off North Foreland and Dover.

Night: The east coast, home counties and western Scotland attacked.

Weather: Showery in south-east England and Channel. Continuous rain elsewhere.

Main Activity:

At approximately 1100 hours, the convoy codenamed BREAD rounded the North Foreland, travelling west, and was spotted by a Do 17 reconnaissance aircraft of 4.(F)/121 escorted by Bf 109s of I/JG 51. Six Spitfires of No. 74 Squadron, based at Hornchurch, were scrambled and engaged the enemy aircraft, damaging the Do 17. Two Spitfires were damaged by the Messerschmitt escort and force-landed. Soon afterwards, Spitfires of No. 610 Squadron from Biggin Hill encountered a Staffel of Bf 109s over Dover. One Spitfire was damaged during the melee and crashed-landed at Hawkinge.

At 1325 hours, a large formation was detected heading towards BREAD. The incoming raid comprised twenty-six Do 17 bombers of I/KG 2 escorted by Bf 110s of I/ZG 26 with top cover provided by Bf 109s of I/JG 3 and III/JG 51. Hurricanes from Nos. 32, 56, and 111 Squadrons along with Spitfires of No. 74 Squadron were scrambled and engaged the enemy formation over the convoy. Six Spitfires from No. 64 Squadron were also vectored to the scene. In this action, RAF fighters shot down six German aircraft and damaged several more for the loss of one Hurricane, which collided with a Do 17 during a head-on attack, and four damaged. Only one small ship – the 466-ton Dutch steamer Bill S – was sunk.

German Losses
Airmen: 29 | Aircraft: 14

British Losses
Airmen: 2 | Aircraft: 2

Hurricane P3359, No. 253 Squadron. Aircraft destroyed.
Sgt I.C.C. Clenshaw killed. Lost control in bad visibility.

Hurricane P3671, No. 111 Squadron. Aircraft destroyed.
F/O T.P.K. Higgs killed. Collided with Do 17 off coast near Folkestone.

Photo Descriptions:

  1. Do 17Z-2s over France, Summer 1940. Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-341-0456-04 / Folkerts / CC-BY-SA 3.0
  2. Supermarine Spitfire Mk Is of No. 610 Squadron on patrol during the Battle of Britain.
  3. Concertina wire defences along the sea front at Sandgate, near Folkestone in Kent, 10 July 1940. © IWM (H 2187)