Battle of Britain - Day 36

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Battle of Britain - Day 36

Mensagem por Winston Churchill em Seg Ago 19, 2013 8:14 am


Day 36 – August 14th 1940

August 14, 2010 in 32 Squadron, 610 Squadron, 65 Squadron, August 1940

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

Blenheim – 59
Spitfire – 219
Hurricane – 342
Defiant – 25
Gladiator – 2
Total – 647

At midday a substantial force was detected by radar building up over Calais. Escorted by a large number of fighters, bombers advanced on Dover and on airfields in Kent. Groups of Me109s and Me110 fighters flew above cloud, endeavouring to attract RAF fighters into combat. 32, 65 and 610 Squadrons were sent up and were involved in heavy fighting. The Goodwin Lightship was destroyed. Another group of aircraft took the opportunity, as usual, to attack Manston.

Luftflotte 3 sent over a number of small pockets of aircraft. Middle Wallop airfield was attacked, killing 3 men.

8 RAF fighters were lost and 19 German aircraft were destroyed.

54 Squadron Operational Record Book, 14 August
A day of absolute inactivity as far as the squadron was concerned.

Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 14th August 1940):

* Enemy: 30 confirmed, 8 unconfirmed; 9 damaged.
* Own: 5 Hurricanes, 3 Spitfires, 3 Blenheims

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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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