Battle of Britain - Day 32

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Day 32 – August 10th 1940

August 10, 2010 in August 1940, Wissler Diary

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

Blenheim – 60
Spitfire – 245
Hurricane – 382
Defiant – 22
Gladiator – 2
Total – 711

German reconnaissance aircraft were active. There were also some sporadic raids including an attack on West Malling. 116 patrols were flown but no contact was made.

There were no losses on either side.

PO DH Wissler Diary, 10 August
I had the day off today but what a day! I attended P/O Britton’s funeral at 1.30 and this was the most harrowing affair I have ever come upon. Having finished with this I flew Fl/Lt Bayne to Wittering and returned in a Magister. I had a good time in the evening when I went to Cambridge to see a flick and then went to an Indian restaurant and had a fine curry, getting back to Debden at 12.30 approx.

Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 10th 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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