A '9+' group of 12 I./KG 3 Do 17s, lead by Obstlt Rudolf Gabelmann, covered by '20+' fighters of II./JG 51 pass east of Dover and turn inland south of Deal. 616 Sqn. (Spitfires), led by Sqn. Ldr. Marcus Robinson, are scrambled from Biggen Hill to intercept them but they turn south and dive towards the coast unloading 12.67 tons of bombs meant for the Sandagte auxillary airfield (now a parade ground) near Shorncliffe Redoubt but fail to hit anything of military significance. They cross back over the Channel before 616 Sqn. can catch them.