Battle of Britain - Day 29

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Mensagem por Winston Churchill em Seg Ago 12, 2013 2:27 pm

Day 29 – August 7th 1940

August 7, 2010 in 266 Squadron, August 1940

Weather: cloudy with some bright intervals.
Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:

Blenheim – 66
Spitfire – 256
Hurricane – 368
Defiant – 24
Total – 714

Enemy activity was largely confined to convoy reconnaissance. Preparations by the Luftwaffe for Adlertag were accelerating. In raids by Bomber Command on Haamstede Aerodrome several Me109s on the ground were damaged. Fighter Command flew 393 sorties at no cost to themselves.

266 Squadron Operational Record Book, 7 August
Warm – bright and cloudy intervals – visibility good. “B” Flight at readiness. “A” Flight available. Practices included sector tactical exercise – affiliation exercise with Blenheim aircraft of no.110 Squadron from West Raynham. Night Flying Tests.

Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 7th 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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