Weather: dull and cloudy
Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:
- Blenheim – 58
- Spitfire – 237
- Hurricane – 384
- Defiant – 20
- Gladiator – 8
- Total – 707
A relatively quiet Sunday. Fighter Command flew 158 sorties. Enemy losses amounted to 5 aircraft while the RAF again lost none. If the day had been quiet, the night was far from being so. Direct hits took place on air raid shelters in Poplar and Lambeth. In Ilford, a mine exploded destroying 100 houses.
73 Squadron Unofficial War Diary – 22 September
Another day of Pilot’s weather. After 257 [Squadron] had joined us the mess was crowded and we “local inhabitants” couldn’t get near the stove for the 257 lads. Cards and darts were the order of the day, but these diversions palled after a while and a deep depression settled over us.
We had some good news however. The Powers That Be have decided that no Night Operations shall take place by single seat fighters. Deep sighs of relief from us. As some one remarked “only bats and owls fly by night – and even they pack up when it gets really dark”.
Most of us adjourned to the “Fox and Hounds” in Steeple Bumpstead and imbibed quantities of ale.
Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 22nd September 1940):
* Enemy: 1 confirmed, 0 probable, 1 damaged
* Own: Nil.
Today’s theme: Captains and Commanders – Herman Goering