Four Spitfires of 610 (County of Chester)sqn return from hard combat to find their base, RAF
Biggin Hill,Kent, bombed and ablaze. That day began in fog and cleared to a misty haze
when the first Luftwaffe attacks began by bombing the radar installations at Ventnor and
Dover. The Biggin Hill wings were scrambled to intercept large enemy formations
approaching the south coasts and London.
While they were out on the intercept, two German formations broke inland at low level and
bombed Biggin Hill and Kenley airfields, causing serious destruction to the infrastructure of
hangars, grounded aircraft and technical buildings and the runways.
This is the sight that greeted these four Spitfire pilots and many others who had fought
hard this day, on their return to Biggin Hill and Kenley airfields. Spitfire R6694 DW-F flown
by Pilot Officer Constantine Pegg has suffered serious damage to her fuselage and flaps
after a fight with an ME 109. Her wingmates lead by the Sqn’s leading ace Flt Lt John Ellis
in R6993 DW-W, Sgt Stanley Arnfield in R6686 DW-S and Sgt Douglas Corfe in R6695
DW-P closed around to protect her return flight. All these four pilots had scored kills and
suffered some damage in some way. In this event, Pegg was to crash his Spitfire down
a bomb crater as he made his landing roll and, though injured, survived the ordeals of this
day to fight again.
Copyright Image and Text Simon W. Atack