Weather: fine, some patchy cloud
Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:
- Spitfire – 214
- Hurricane – 390
- Defiant – 12
- Gladiator – 8
- Total – 681
Churchill, deeply impressed by results of the previous day caused a congratulatory message to be sent to Fighter Command. A force of some 30 Ju88s accompanied by no less than 200 Me109s crossed over the Channel and targetted London and Portsmouth.
Pilots were becoming exhausted. It was the same for the Luftwaffe, which lost no less than 7 aircraft in accidents. The Luftwaffe was having its problems too. The Command had in fact decided that day their use of twin engined bombers in the battle was becoming too expensive. As an interim measure, the ratio of fighters to bombers was once again to be increased in favour of fighters.
The RAF lost 16 aircraft against 4 German planes destroyed.
That night 200 bombs were dropped at the Vickers Armstrong factory and several London hospitals were hit.
Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 28th September 1940):
* Enemy: 6 confirmed, 4 probable, 1 damaged
* Own: 16 aircraft with 9 pilots killed or missing.
Today’s theme: The Airfields – RAF Northolt