Göring visits the Channel front to criticise the fighter protection of bombers. He wants close protection of the bombers, and says that's more important than recording kills. When he asks Mölders and Galland what they would like, Mölders asks for a more powerful engine in the Bf 109, Galland asks for Spitfires as they are more suited to the task they've been ordered to do.
OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) S.H.Q. BIGGIN HILL
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|Biggin Hill||1.9.40.||13.30||A high level bombing attack was carried out on the Aerodrome. Bombs fell amongst the Camp buildings without doing much further damage, but shaking buildings and making them unsafe. One aircraft was destroyed, but the Aerodrome remained serviceable.
It was decided to disperse Sections in the vicinity of Keston at the cross-roads, between Croydon Road and Westerham Road, chiefly because of the damaged buildings which made it necessary to salvage all equipment and transfer it elsewhere. Practically no buildings were left in a safe condition after the series of raids, and the road running through the Camp was blocked by three large craters caused by 1000 lb. or 1500 lb. bombs. All main services and communicates were destroyed.
The A.A. Command School, Biggin Hill, being evacuated by the Army, this was taken over to accommodate squadron personnel and the Station Defence and Administrative personnel of S.H.Q. Weather. Wind:- Westerly, 5-10 mph. Cloud:- Little low cloud, 3/10-5/10 at 15,000'. Visibility:- 6-12 miles. Weather:- Fair.
This order is approved by Hitler three days later.
Two spies land near Hythe in a dingy. They have a wireless set and an elementary cypher with orders to send back information of military importance; they had been given to understand that an invasion of the Kentish coast was imminent. They separate on landing.
The two men are of Dutch nationality and were completely untrained for their task. It seems they were selected because they had committed some misdemeanors known to the Germans and could be blackmailed into undertaking the enterprise.
Another pair of spies lands at Dungeness. One is German who speaks excellent French but no English. The other claims to be Dutch and speaks fluent English.
Both spies that landed at Hythe have been challenged by sentries of a battalion of the Somersetshire Light infantry and taken prisoner. One, who has Japanese mother, looks markedly Oriental and has shoes and binoculars round his neck which unsurprisingly attracts the attention of a private from the Somersets.
After 3 hours questioning, he now admits he's a German spy, Karl Meier, equipped with hidden radio & forged papers.
- Ostend (50 since 31 August)
- Terneuzen (140 since 16 August)
- South end of the Beveland Canal (90 since 1 September)
Ghent is important for (a) iron and steel; (b) textiles; (c) oil fuel storage. Probably barges are going south … to fetch these valuable products. … But movements preliminary to invasion are not impossible. The increase in barges at Ostend is abnormal, but might be accounted for by the removal of obstructions in the canal system.
The Armed Forces High Command WFSt/L 1 Nr. 33255/40 g.Kdos.Chefs. Führer Headquarters 3 Sep. 1940 Eight Copies Top secret
Re: Operation "Seelöwe"
For the time being the following dates have been decided upon for the preparations for operation "Seelöwe":
- The earliest date for departure of the transport fleets is 20 Sep., and for S day (day of the landing) 21 Sep.
- The order for the start of the operation will be issued on S minus 10 day, in other words probably on 11 Sep. 1940.
- The final decision on S day and S time (the beginning of the first landing) will be made at the latest at noon on S minus 3 day.
- All preparations must be made in such a manner that the operation may be stopped as late as 24 hours before S time.
The Chief of Staff, Armed Forces High Command
263 Sqn (Whirlwinds) moves from Grangemouth to Drem.