Battle of Britain - Day 25

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Battle of Britain - Day 25

Mensagem por Winston Churchill em Seg Ago 05, 2013 5:05 pm

Day 25 – August 3rd 1940

August 3, 2010 in 266 Squadron, August 1940

Weather: foggy in the south with bright intervals.
Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:

Blenheim – 61
Spitfire – 244
Hurricane – 365
Defiant – 24
Total – 694

Sporadic German attacks occurred along the south coast and there were also a few minor bombing raids in the west. The Luftwaffe also dropped more propaganda leaflets. 415 sorties were flown with 4 German planes being shot down at no cost to 11 Group.

266 Squadron Operational Record Book, 3 August
Warm, cloudless, visibility excellent. “B” Flight at readiness. “A” Flight available. Practices included Fighter attacks – Formation Flying – Target practice and sector reconnaissance. Raid investigation by 2 aircraft of “B” Flight. Flt Lt D.W. Balden and Sgt Pilot H.W. Ayre ceased to be attached to no. 418 Flight for temporary duty and posted to no. 261 Flight. PO D.L. Armitage appointed to acting rank of Flt Lt (unpaid) and takes over duties of Flight Commander of “A” Flight.

Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 3rd August 1940):

* Enemy: Nil.
* Own: Nil.

"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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