At the end of this day, the Luftwaffe lost a total of 69 aircraft while the RAF Fighter Command 29. The British later named the day the “Hardest Day” to reflect the high casualties suffered by either side.
72 Squadron intercept a formation of sixty-five Heinkel He.111 of KG26 escorted by twenty-one Messerschmitt Bf.110’s of 1/ZG76 over the North Sea
F/L E. Graham led the squadrons eleven Spitfires into battle, attacking the formation from the flank, one section attacked the bombers, the remaining attacking the fighters.
The first and last mass raid carried out by Luftflotte 5. Luftwaffe losses resulted in air crews naming the day “Black Thursday”.
05.10hrs – Heinkel He 111 bombers of KG 27 prepare to take off for the first major assault on Britain
Bf-109’s of JG51 prepare to take off from Pas-de-Calais