Lewis Reginald Isaac

A Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1 of 64 Squadron

August 5th ,1940. Fighter Command records that the weather over Britain and the English Channel at dawn was fine with slight haze in the Channel, temperature high. British radar stations are at full alert, because coastal convoy CE.8 from Falmouth is about to pass through the Straits of Dover, and the German Luftwaffe is expected to attack.

In France the Luftwaffe bomber squadrons have indeed been ordered to attack shipping in the Straits of Dover in an attempt to draw RAF fighters up to where German fighters will be able to destroy them. The first German raid has been detected approaching Dover but turns back when British fighters are ordered to intercept. This is followed by four raids which form up in the Calais-Gris Nez area and approach Dover at about 0830 hours. These raids are plotted as having a total of fifty-three plus aircraft.

Fighter Command control at Bentley Priory directs six Spitfires from 64 Squadron from Kenley and further aircraft from 66 Squadron to patrol near Folkestone. The convoy, comprising 12+ ships, is escorted by mine-sweeping trawlers and, along with destroyers, is creeping along the coast eastwards. The British fighters soon catch sight of the Germans, and give chase. Shortly before they can catch the bombers, 64 and 65 Squadrons are attacked by Me 109s of JG 54. During the dogfights that occur, two Spitfires are shot down and one Bf109 e crashes in France.

One pilot is reported missing he is 24 year old Sgt 748158, Lewis Reginald Isaac of Llwynhendy, the son of James and Blodwen Matilda Isaac. He had enlisted in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in May, 1939. He joined 64 Squadron in August. He was flying a Spitfire MK1 (Aircraft No: L1029).

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