610 Sqn attack Do 17s and Bf 109 escorts south of Hythe

DETAIL OF WORK CARRIED OUT By:610 SQUADRON.

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Remarks References
8-7-40.
SPITFIRE.
Q. P.9545 P/O.W.H.C.WARNER. Patrol convoy 1345 1639 Blue section order to patrol convoy off DOVER. Attacked 9 Do.215s, 10 miles out to sea. No.2 silenced the rear gunner of one of the enemy aircraft . No 3 saw a Spitfire on fire in the sea, 6 miles off Dover. This was probably No.2 of the section, P/O.A.L.B.RAVEN, who failed to return. The pilot was seen to leave the aircraft and swim.
N. R.6806 P/O.A.L.B.RAVEN
L. P.9495 SGT.ELSE,P.
B. L.1009 P/O.S.C.NORRIS. Patrol. 1456 1639 Red and Green sections ordered on patrol. 5 miles South of HYTHE, saw 7 Do.215s, escorted by 12 Me.109s. Attacks carried out but without apparent result. P/O.PEGGE after breaking away encountered 3 Me.109s. He attacked one and saw it dive for the sea, emitting black smoke, and over the vertical.
H. L.1064 P/O.CO.J.PEGGE.
P. R.6694 SGT.PARSONS.H.
T. R.6755 P/O.P.LITCHFIELD.
K. P.9495 SGT.ARNFIELD.S.J.
P. R.6695 SGT.RAMSAY.

(AIR 27/2106/16)

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) 610 Squadron

PlaceDateTimeSummary of EventsReferences to Appendices
BIGGIN HILL 1940
8th.July
P/O A.L.B.RAVEN (91089) reported missing after an engagement with Do.215s off DOVER.

(AIR 27/2106/15)

III./JG 52 escort Ju 87s attacking convoy CW.8 in the Straights of Dover

Attacked by 610 Sqn. (Spitfires) which come out of the clouds they lose four more Bf 109s.

Three disappear into the Channel are Oberleutnant Willy Bielefeld - the interim Staffelführer of 7./JG 52, Fermer’s designated replacement Oberleutnant Wilhelm Keidel and Ltn Hans Schmidt of Stab III./JG 52.

8./JG 52's Unteroffizier Max Reiss' Bf 109 E-1 6✙~ takes a hit to the radiator and about twenty bullet strikes to the fuselage and starboard wing. He makes a good forced landing at Elvington Court, Deal.

7./JG 52 Unteroffizier Edmund Rossmann's claim for a French Breguet Bre 690 east of Margate is disallowed.

In 24 hours III./JG 52 has lost its Gruppenkommandeur and the equivalent of four Staffelkapitäne.

Radar plots appear

As the dawn mist burns off, radar picks up aircraft over Cap Griz Nez. (6+ over Cap Griz Nez and 3+ in the Straights.)

54 Sqn (Spitfires) are scrambled from Manston to deal with fighters and 610 Sqn (Spitfires) are scrambled from Hawkinge to deal with bombers.

The 6+ raid are Do 17 from KG 2 targeting Lympne.

610 Sqn Scramble

Spitfires of 610 Sqn scramble from Hawkinge.

Aircraft Type and No. Crew. Duty. Time Up. Time Down. Details of Sortie or Flight. References
W.R.6993 S/LDR. J.ELLIS Interception 0731 0830
K.D.4067 SGT. ARNFIELD,S.J.
V.K.9770 P/O. H.K.COX
Q.R.6891 F/O. F.T.GARDINER.
M.K.9947 F/O. D.S.WILSON
N.N.3124 SGT. GARDNER,G.
H.K.9818 F/LT. E.B.B.SMITH
J.R.6599 SGT. CHANDLER,H.H.
S.K.9975 SGT. WILLCOCKS,C.
A.R.6976 F/O. P.G.LAMB
E.P.9433 P/O. C.O.J.PEGGE
F.X.4028 P/O. B.V.REES

Ramsgate airfield bombed

20 He 111 (or 30+ Do 17) drop 13 tons of bombs onto Ramsgate's civilian airfield, a quarter of the estimated 210 bombs fall on the airfield - the rest causing extensive damage to the town.

151 Sqn. (Hurricanes) intercept the Bf 109 escorts from III./JG 26 on the right flank over Manston and 610 Sqn. (Spirfires) engage the left flank escorts of III./(J)LG 2 over Ramsgate. The bombers are not engaged.

"To Defeat the Few" says it was He 111 but the "Battle of Britain Combat Archive" says Do 17s.