31 August – The Battle of Britain
This is the RAF’s most difficult period of the battle. The Luftwaffe were now in measurable distance of achieving their objective of air superiority over south-east England.
The Germans maintain their concentrated attacks on the British airfields. Biggin Hill is almost put out of action, Debden and Hornchurch are severely hit. RAF airfields at Manston, West Malling, Lympne, and Hawkinge are more or less out of the fight. There are only two RAF sector stations in commission south of the Thames and three more airfields which might be used for that role.
Losses for the day:
RAF: 39 – plus several more are hit on the ground.