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Battle of Britain, Combat Archive Vol.2 - July31st
31st July - At 15:30hrs, a formation was detected off the coast off Dover. Fighter Command despatched 74 Squadron Hornchurch (Spitfires) to intercept. The raiders turned out to be a small formation of Bf109's and a dogfight ensued over the Dover area. Four Bf109's were damaged in the combat and were believed to have crashed on their way back to their bases. 74 Squadron lost two aircraft, Sgt F.W. Eley and P/O H.R. Gunnwith with one badly damaged and crashed on landing, F/Lt. Kelly was unhurt.