Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I No. 264 Squadron, Manston, England 1940.
On the 24th August 1940, The first scramble came at 0700hrs, and before the Squadron could form up, the airfield was attacked by He111‘s and Me.109’s.
A series of individual combats took place. The Squadron was very heavily engaged in day defence for the rest of the month.
The tally for August was 18 enemy aircraft destroyed and 3 damaged, for the loss of 16 of our aircraft. It was now obvious,
that the Defiant could not operate effectively as a day fighter and on the 1st September, the Squadron moved back to Kirton in
Lindsay with a detachment at Northolt for the night defence of London.