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.
Flying from Hawkinge eight Lysanders took off at ten minute intervals without fighter cover to drop supplies to troops defending Calais. Canisters containing water, food and ammunition were dropped from 50 feet but this exposed the aircraft to ground fire - two were lost and, whilst the remaining six returned to Hawkinge, they were all damaged.
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.
245 Sqn fly an early morning patrol over Dunkirk and report no air activity and the evacuation apparently complete. Later they are withdrawn back to Scotland.
The Pilotless Aircraft Unit leaves Hawkinge.
After refuelling they fly an uneventful bomber escort over France.
501 take off from Hawkinge for a patrol at 0720h. They intercept 40 Ju 87s and Bf 109s. Flt Lt Don McKay leading A flight claims a ju 87 bringing his total to 5.
PO K.C. Campbell of 43 Sqn is unable to bring his Hurricane with damaged flaps and ailerons down at Hawkinge and crashes near Elham.
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.
Spitfires of 610 Sqn scramble from Hawkinge.
Long range guns firing across the channel hit several houses in Folkestone and Dover killing and maiming civilians. Hawkinge airfield is also hit.
This is a preparatory shelling - testing and ranging the guns.
Tasked with intercepting raiders over Ramsgate.