Yellow Alert at 04:10, all leave cancelled as Germany invades Belgium and Holland.
25 Sqn (Blenheims) and 601 Sqn (Hurricanes) arrive at Hawkinge.
17 Sqn (Hurricanes) arrive at Hawkinge.
605 Sqn (Hurricanes) arrive at Hawkinge from Drem.
AVM N.D.K. McEwan, CB, CMG, DSO of 22 Group and AVM K.R. Park, MC, DFC of 11 Group.
AVM C.H.B. Blount arrives at Hawkinge and starts running the RAF operations in support of Dynamo from the Haskard Target Building - this HQ was called 'Back Component'. It was collecting evidence to assist with evacuation, as a lot of the wireless equipment was inadequate it relied heavily on debriefs from returning aircrew supplemented with information from German short wave radio traffic intercepted by WAAFs of the experimental wireless section based in Maypole Cottage.
Aircraft of all types returning from action were landing at Hawkinge, many to be refuelled then immediately moving on to inland airfields but those that were too damaged to fly were patched up before being moved on.
OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) RAF. Station Hawkinge
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|WEATHER. Fine, some cloud in thick patches. S.Q.FC Staff Engineer visted the station in connection with the formation of Maintenance, re-fuelling and re-arming party which has now assembled. A.V.M.C BLOUNT visited the station.|
245 Sqn (Hurricanes) from Scotland relives 605 Sqn who return to Drem.
Sqn Ldr Whitley led 245 Sqn on a patrol over Dunkirk. They were in the air for an hour and half and during a dog fight with Meserchmitts had claimed four but POs West and Treanor were missing.