The Squadron re-formed at Digby, becoming operational once again at the end of June, and for the next 2 months was occupied in uneventful convoy and defensive patrols before moving south to Stapleford Tawney, the satellite of North Weald, for the defence of London during the Battle of Britain.† The Luftwaffe's main effort at the time was against coastal objectives and shipping off the coast of Essex and Kent.† The Squadron was in action continuously and had many successful engagements against far superior numbers of enemy bombers and their escorting fighters.† The enemy sustained such shattering losses amongst his long range bomber force that a change of tactics was necessary, and he tried to force a decision by using fighter bombers flying very high and making every possible use of cloud cover; interception became difficult and our squadrons had to change their tactics too - mainly going over the maintenance of fighter patrols at height ranging between 20 and 30,000 feet.† No 46 Squadron took part in the "security" patrols and, early in November, whilst on patrol over Foulness, encountered some 50 Italian bombers and fighters; at least 8 of them were destroyed, with no casualties or damage to the Squadron, and the remainder of the formation scattered in disorder. There is link below to a comprehensive account of this incident by Steve Webbe; click here for coverage of the complete Italian involvement in the Battle of Britain.

The Battle of Britain, in which No 46 Squadron had taken a full and successful part, was over, and the Squadron settled down to a few months of uneventful defensive and convoy patrols, leavened by an occasional escort duty to medium bombers in their attack on objectives on Occupied France.

Not surprisingly, the Squadron scrapbook is bereft of pictures covering this period as they had other things on their mind! The photographs and articles are drawn from a variety of sources and our appreciation is expressed to the authors and photographers. In particular, thanks are due to Senior Aircraftsman Joel Daggle for his tremendous efforts to honour the memory of Pilot Officer W B (Billy) Pattullo; his 2 articles review ,first, Plt Off Pattulloís life and secondly the events leading up to the dedication of a plaque and memorial to him. There are also details of a small book about the search by 2 local men.

For a detailed insight into the day to day activities of the Squadron please see the Operational record Book after this page

The Battle of Britain

Text Box: The Life of Pilot Officer WB Pattullo.
No 46 Squadron
Text Box: Memorial to Plt Off WB Pattullo.

Published by Redden Court Enterprises
ISBN 0 9528725 1 x

Text Box: No 46 Squadron RFC and RAF
We Rise to Conquer