Battle of Britain - Day 23

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Battle of Britain - Day 23

Mensagem por Winston Churchill em Qui Ago 01, 2013 11:50 am

Day 23 – August 1st 1940

August 1, 2010 in 266 Squadron, August 1940

Weather: fair.
Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:

Blenheim – 57
Spitfire – 245
Hurricane – 341
Defiant – 21
Total – 664

German raiders attacked a convoy off Hastings with considerable air fighting following. In the afternoon raiders attacked Norwich with a timber yard being destroyed. The Boulton Paul factory was also hit and suffered extensive damage. That same afternoon Luftwaffe planes dropped German propaganda leaflets over the West Country and East Anglia. This consisted of Hitler’s “last appeal to reason” speech. Some leaflets were collected up by enterprising civilians and sold the next day with the proceeds going to charity. It was that day that Hitler issued his Directive 17 which authorised the stepping up of the campaign to destroy the RAF. The RAF destroyed 5 enemy aircraft that day to the loss of 1 fighter. The RAF flew 659 sorties.

266 Squadron Operational Record Book, 1 August
Warm, cloudless, visibility excellent. “B” Flight at readiness. “A” Flight available. Raid investigation by 2 aircraft of “B” Flight. Fg Off N.W. Burnett posted to no. 46 Squadron for Flight Commander duties.

Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 1st August 1940):

Enemy: Fighters – None; Bombers – 1 confirmed, 2 unconfirmed; Reconnaissance -1 unconfirmed.
Own: 1 Hurricane (No 145 Squadron)

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"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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