3 July 1940

3 July 1940

Kenley airfield was bombed by the Luftwaffe at 16h43. A single Dornier Do.17Z of II./KG 77 dropped six bombs on the airfield. [1] The attack did not cause any significant material damage and the German bomber was intercepted and shot down by three Hawker Hurricane of No.32 (RAF) Squadron (Pilot Officer Peter M. Gardner ; Sergeant Edward A. Bayley and William B. Higgins). [2] The attack did not cause any significant material damage.

It is probably this event that caused ten Hawker Hurricanes from No.615 Squadron to take off between 16h00 and 17h25 hours. However, this interception attempt was unsuccessful. This is the opportunity for Sergeant Derrick W. Halton to make his first operational sortie.

Unfortunately the ORB does not show all the aircraft involved.

Pilots and Aircrafts : Sergeant Derrick W. Halton (L1829) ; Flying Officer Anthony Eyre (P3487) ; Pilot Officer David Evans (N2479) ; Pilot Officer Ralph Roberts (L1983) ; Flight Lieutenant Lionel M. Gaunce ; Flying Officer Peter Collard ; Flying Officer John R.H. Gayner ; Pilot Officer Petrus H. Hugo ; Pilot Officer Cecil R. Young ; Pilot Officer Michael R. Mudie.

[1] BOWYER, Michael J.F. The Battle of Britain. Patrick Stephens Limited. 1990. p.41.

[2] NICK Thomas. Hurricane Squadron Ace: The Story of Battle of Britain Ace, Air Commodore Peter Brothers, CBE, DSO, DFC and Bar. Pen and Sword. 2014.

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