24 August 1940 – The Battle of Britain

The Luftwaffe resumes attacks on southern England. The focus is still airfields, but the concentrations are built around smaller numbers of bombers escorted by a larger proportion of fighter aircraft.

British fighters find it much more difficult to get among the bomber formations. Manston airfield can not be used because of heavy damage and Portsmouth suffers a heavy raid. Losses for the day:

Luftwaffe: 38

RAF: 22

This day is significant for another reason:

Attacks continue both day and night. On the night 24/25 August some 170 German bombers undertake various missions. Despite specific orders to avoid dropping bombs on London, some crews, unable to find their targets jettison their bomb load over southern London.

This is a serious error, and with hindsight a significant one.