|Day: 'Eagle Day' activity was postponed until 12.00 hours,
but three main raids early on against the Eastchurch, Sheerness (Do
17's of KG 2), Odiham (Ju 88's
of KG 54) and Portland (also KG 54). The second of these misses target
altogether, and the effects of the others are not serious. The main offensive
begins in the afternoon with a two-pronged attack by Luftflotten 2 and
3, spearheaded by Ju 88's from LG
1 and Ju 87's and Bf
110's from VIII Fliegerkorps. These attacks range all along the South
Coast from Portland to the Thames estuary. The airfields damaged include
Detling and Eastchurch (seriously), and Benson, Middle Wallop and Thorney
Island (slightly). Ventnor radar is still out of action.
Night: Night raiding carried out across Midlands to South Wales and the west, and (by Luftflotte 5) against Northern Scotland.
Luftwaffe flew 1,485 sorties, Fighter Command flew 700 sorties.
Weather: Mainly fair after misty start; some thin, high cloud with drizzle at times.