Battle of Britain - Day 9

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Battle of Britain - Day 9

Mensagem por Winston Churchill em Sex Jul 19, 2013 7:38 am

Day 9 – July 18th 1940
July 18, 2010 in 266 Squadron, July 1940
Weather: continuing poor


Blenheim – 62
Spitfire – 232
Hurricane – 323
Defiant – 23
Total – 640
The only major engagement was an attack by 28 Me109s over the Straits of Dover which was met by Spitfires from 11 Group. The RAF lost 3 aircraft but failed to shoot down any of the enemy. Early that afternoon the coastguard station at St Margaret’s Bay was bombed and the Goodwin Lightship was sunk. 4 houses were destroyed during an afternoon attack on Gillingham.

266 Squadron Operational Record Book, 18 July
Average temperature, visibility very good. Flying 17 hours 25 minutes. B Flight at readiness. Ac Flight available. Practices included interception and attacks, target and cine gun practice. Spitfire aircraft N.3170 collided with tractor on aerodrome whilst taxiing and badly damaged. Pilot PO D.G. Ashton uninjured. Spitfire aircraft N.3244 force landed in a cornfield at Heckington, Lincs., owing to engine trouble. Pilot PO R.J.B. Roach uninjured.

"Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it; ignorance may deride it; malice may distort it; but in the end, there it is."

"Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the will of God is in Heaven, even so let it be."

"I will begin by saying what everybody would like to ignore or forget but which must nevertheless be stated, namely that we have sustained a total and unmitigated defeat, and France has suffered even more than we have....the German dictator, instead of snatching the victuals from the table, has been content to have them served to him course by course."
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