Battle of Britain - Day 17

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Battle of Britain - Day 17

Mensagem por Winston Churchill em Dom Jul 28, 2013 8:00 pm

Day 17 – July 26th 1940

July 26, 2010 in July 1940, Wissler Diary

Weather: heavy cloud and poor visibility.
Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:

Blenheim – 61
Spitfire – 242
Hurricane – 318
Defiant – 26
Gladiator – 8 (1 Flight only)
Total – 655

Shipping near the Isle of Wight was attacked. The German aircraft were, however, intercepted by 601 Squadron fighters, with a later raid being met by 238 Squadron. 1 of the German aircraft was shot down with the loss of 2 RAF fighters. However, a further 2 German aircraft were lost later on that day. 581 sorties were flown. In widespread sporadic raids on Hastings, Essex, Monmouth and Gloucestershire minor damage was caused.

On this day, the Admiralty stopped further daylight shipping from passing through the Straits of Dover.

PO DH Wissler – Diary, 26 July
P/O Pittman and I went to Lord and Lady Fitzgerald’s for the day and night, we had a very quiet time, but it was a rest although very much without action. We had a fine night and a late breakfast.
(Reproduced with kind permission of the Imperial War Museum and Copyright holder)

"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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