Intended to cover the withdrawal of bombers attacking a convoy in the Thames Estuary they cross over Dover and proceed north over Kent. Reaching the estuary they encounter a Squadron of Spitfires (54 Sqn. or 65 Sqn.). In the clash off Margate four Bf 109s are shot down. Among the casualties are Gruppenkommandeur Wolf-Heinrich von Houwald and two of his Staffelkapitäne, Oberleutnants Herbert Fermer and Lothar Ehrlich (of 7. and 8./JG 52 respectively). Only one of the three Spitfires claimed was confirmed.
- Uffz J Zwernemann (7/JG 52): Spitfire north-east Margate
- Uffz E Rossmann (7/JG 52): Spitfire north-east Margate (disallowed)
- Lt J Keidel (7/JG 52): Spitfire north-east Margate (disallowed)