Battle of Britain - Day 28

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Battle of Britain - Day 28

Mensagem por Winston Churchill em Seg Ago 12, 2013 2:26 pm

Day 28 – August 6th 1940

August 6, 2010 in 249 Squadron, 616 Squadron, August 1940

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

Blenheim – 67
Spitfire – 257
Hurricane – 370
Defiant – 23
Total – 717

A quieter day with minimal activity. Three Spitfires from 616 Squadron were damaged as a result of return fire from Ju88s which they were attacking off the north east coast near Flamborough. The score was one all.

249 Squadron Operational Record Book, 6 August, Church Fenton
During the last few days a considerable amount of practice flying has been carried out and much attention paid to beam attacks and dog fighting practice. There seems to be very little activity in the North now, but things are boiling up in the South of England and attacks are being carried out by large numbers of e/a on convoys and South Coast ports. We are all hoping to get a move South.

William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) speaking on German Radio, August 6th 1940
“I make no apology for saying again that invasion is certainly coming soon, but what I want to impress upon you is that while you must feverishly take every conceivable precaution, nothing that you or the government can do is really of the slightest use. Don’t be deceived by this lull before the storm, because, although there is still the chance of peace, Hitler is aware of the political and economic confusion in England, and is only waiting for the right moment. Then, when his moment comes, he will strike, and strike hard.”

Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 6th August 1940):

* Enemy: Fighter – nil; Bombers – 1 Do17 confirmed (by No 85 Squadron)
* Own: Nil.

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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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