Saturday the 7th of September 1940

Day: Airfield attacks during morning: Hawkinge was the main objective. From mid-day, radar reports activity over the Continent, but not until late afternoon are two vast raids of nearly 1,000 aircraft are reported heading towards the Thames Estuary. There are no diversions, no feints, and the defenders are taken off guard. Central and east central London, especially the dock areas and the East End are devastated. Raiders and escort, stepped up from 16,000 to 35,000 ft, use every technique learned in the Battle so far.

Night: After dusk, continuous waves of bombers feed the dockland fires. East London and docks are attacked from dusk until dawn.

Losses: Luftwaffe 41: Fighter Command 26.

Weather: Generally fair, but hazy.