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S/L Peter W Townsend awaits the scramble bell in Hurricane Mk I VY-Q at RAF Croydon in 1940. No 85 Squadron RAF was ordered to scramble at 15.00 on 26 August and sighted 18 Do 215 bombers 27 minutes into the interception. The pilots delivered a frontal attack just off the coast near Margate while on the second head-on attack the bottom section of the stepped up formation broke away from the main body.

S/L Peter W Townsend awaits the scramble bell in Hurricane Mk I VY-Q at RAF Croydon in 1940. No 85 Squadron RAF was ordered to scramble at 15.00 on 26 August and sighted 18 Do 215 bombers 27 minutes into the interception. The pilots delivered a frontal attack just off the coast near Margate while on the second head-on attack the bottom section of the stepped up formation broke away from the main body.

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October 1940    RAF ground crew relaxing in shade of the wing of a Hurricane fighter plane in between sorties during the Battle of Britain. (William Vandivert)

October 1940 RAF ground crew relaxing in shade of the wing of a Hurricane fighter plane in between sorties during the Battle of Britain. (William Vandivert)

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