Battle of Britain - Day 26

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Mensagem por Winston Churchill em Seg Ago 05, 2013 5:06 pm

Day 26 – August 4th 1940

August 4, 2010 in 266 Squadron, August 1940

Weather: foggy, clearing in the evening.
Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:

Blenheim – 66
Spitfire – 249
Hurricane – 375
Defiant – 21
Total – 711

There was relatively little activity this day. A few reconnaissance sorties were flown over the Channel, otherwise there was little to report except for some bombing raids in the north and over Wales that evening and further propaganda leaflet drops. 261 sorties were flown during which neither side suffered any losses.

266 Squadron Operational Record Book, 4 August
Warm, cloudless, visibility excellent. “B” Flight at readiness. “A” Flight available. Practices included Fighter Attacks – tactical exercises with no. 23 (Blenheim) Squadron and no. 229 (Hurricane) Squadron.

Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 4th 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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