Battle of Britain - Day 41

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Mensagem por Winston Churchill em Seg Ago 19, 2013 8:18 am

Day 41 – August 19th 1940

August 19, 2010 in 266 Squadron, August 1940

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

Blenheim – 49
Spitfire – 219
Hurricane – 388
Defiant – 27
Gladiator – 6
Total – 689

This day saw another stock taking exercise by Goering at Karinhall. The Reichmarschall was far from satisfied with recent results from the battle. He had attributed the perceived lack of success to a failure on the part of his fighter pilots to support the bombers with sufficient vigour. He duly replaced some of his older pilots with younger aces like Galland and Molders. By this move, Goering was aiming to sharpen up the attack of his fighter groups.

Meanwhile, at Uxbridge, Keith Park and Dowding were also reviewing the recent fighting. The main thrust of the Luftwaffe had moved from the attacks on convoys to mainland targets, particularly RAF airfields. Park issued instructions to controllers to avoid vectoring squadrons over the sea. Pilots’ safety had to be considered and they were losing too many from drowning.

The afternoon saw desultory attacks by several large formations of enemy aircraft. The Command flew 383 sorties, losing 3 fighters but destroying 6 German aircraft.

At night attacks took place over the Midlands, in particular Coventry, and northern England.

266 Squadron Operational Record Book – 19 August – Hornchurch
Very warm, sky overcast – visibility moderate. Squadron at readiness at advanced base from 13.30 hours until dusk. 2 Spitfire aircraft delivered from no. 6 Maintenance Unit.

Reported Casualties (RAF Campaign Diary 19th August 1940):

* Enemy: 6 confirmed, 1 probable, 1 damaged
* Own: 3 aircraft of which two pilots are safe.

"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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