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Battle of britain,dag na dag.

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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 02 Oct 2009, 23:13

Tuesday the 30th of July 1940
Day: Improving weather over the North Sea leads to shipping attacks in the afternoon off the east coast and nuisance raids over Scotland.
Night: Night raiding across Midlands and over South Wales and also mine laying.

Losses: Luftwaffe 7: Fighter Command 0.

Weather: Very mixed cloud, with mist and drizzle.
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 02 Oct 2009, 23:14

Wednesday the 31st of July 1940.
Day: Reconnaissance and limited convoy attacks with Small-scale fighter-bomber attacks on shipping over a wide area of the south.
Night: Clear night conditions permitted mine laying over much of the East coast area from Dover to the River Tyne. Some light probing raids were made over a large part of the Southern half of the country.

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Losses: Luftwaffe 4: Fighter Command 4

Weather: Very fine, but with Channel haze.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 234 Squadron -- Spitfire I (P9365) -- W.W.Thompson
No 501 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3646) -- R.S.Don
No 74 Squadron -- Spitfire I (P9398) -- F.W.Eley
No 74 Squadron -- Spitfire I (P9379) -- H.R.Gunn
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 02 Oct 2009, 23:16

August 1940

Thursday the 1st of August 1940.
Day: Raids on Norwich and the Boulton Paul factory and also shipping was attacked along the South and East coasts.
Night: Bombing of South Wales and Midlands. Minelaying off North Eeast Scotland and in the Thames Estuary. There was also leaflet dropping over the West Country.

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Losses: Luftwaffe 5: Fighter Command 3.

Weather: Fair generally, with slowly dispersing with low cloud over the Channel.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 145 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3155) -- I.H.Kestin
No 236 Squadron -- Blenheim IV (N3601) -- P.E.Drew,B.Nokes-Cooper
No 236 Squadron -- Blenheim IV (R2774) -- B.M.McDonough,F.A.P.Head
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 02 Oct 2009, 23:17

Friday the 2nd of August 1940.
Day: An attack by KG 26 (He 111`s) on convoy off East Coast of Scotland and another off Harwich by Erpröbungsgruppe 210 (Bf 110's).


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August the 10th was chosen for the all out air assault on Britain by the Luftwaffe.

Night: Light cloud at night brings raids on many RAF airfields including Catterick, Famborough and Halton. Other raids in vicinity of Romford Essex and the Forth Bridge. Minelaying over entire eastern seaboard and as far north as the Orkney Islands.

Losses: Luftwaffe 4 : Fighter Command 2.

Weather: Mainly fine, but cloud over the Channel and East Coast with drizzle in the Dover Straits.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 65 Squadron -- Spitfire I (R6799) -- H.C.Sawyer
No 65 Squadron -- Spitfire I (N3128) -- ??
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 02 Oct 2009, 23:19

Saturday the 3rd of August 1940.
Day: German daylight sorties confined mainly to shipping reconnaissance in Channel. Some light raids on shipping off Falmouth.
Night: Raids at night stretch from South Wales across to Merseyside, the North Midlands, Bradford, Crewe, Liverpool, Harwich and (by Luftflotte 5) targets in Scotland. Minelaying along the North East Scottish coast and between the Thames Estuary and The Wash.

Fighter Command strength was 708 aircraft serviceable with 1,434 pilots..

Losses: Luftwaffe 4 : Fighter Command 0.

Weather: Mainly overcast, but with bright periods.
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 02 Oct 2009, 23:19

Sunday the 4th of August 1940.
Day: There was little Luftwaffe activity beyond a few reconnaissance flights along the South Coast and in the Bristol Channel.
Night: Little activity although clear skies.

Losses: Luftwaffe 0: Fighter Command 1.

Weather: Fine early and late, with mid-day intermittent overcast.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 616 Squadron -- Spitfire I (N3271) -- J.P.Walsh
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 02 Oct 2009, 23:20

Monday the 5th of August 1940.
Day: There was much German ship-hunting in the Channel, without many raids. One engagement between Bf 109's of JG 54, escorting a formation of Ju 88's, and Spitfire's of No 64 Squadron during convoy attack off Dover.
Night: Minelaying at night mainly off the East coast, from the Wash to the Firth of Tay, but activity was curtailed by the overcast.

Losses: Luftwaffe 6 : Fighter Command 2.

Weather: Fine almost everywhere with some haze in the English Channel.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 64 Squadron -- Spitfire I (L1029) -- L.R.Issac
No 65 Squadron -- Spitfire I (P9436) -- ?
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 02 Oct 2009, 23:21

Tuesday the 6th of August 1940.
Day: little but reconnaissance activity, due to Luftwaffe conserving its 7th of August forces for 'Adler Angriff', despite fact that 10 convoys are at sea off Britain during this 24 hours. There was little activity.
Night: Nocturnal mine-laying continues off East and South East coasts.

Losses: Luftwaffe 1 : Fighter Command 2.

Weather: Medium-altitude overcast with gusty winds. It is the third successive and reasonably fine day.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 72 Squadron -- Spitfire I (L1078) -- R.C.J.Staples
No 234 Squadron -- Spitfire I (P9366) -- P.W.Horton
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 02 Oct 2009, 23:22

Wednesday the 7th of August 1940.
Day: Luftwaffe was again restricted chiefly to reconnaissance, though one convoy was attacked off Cromer. Bomber Command attacked the Haamstede base of JG 54, destroying 2 Bf 109s and damaging 5 others on ground. The order to attack British airfields was given by Generalfeldmarchall Albert Kesselring on this day.
Night: There were widespread raids from the Thames to Aberdeen, from Poole to Cornwall and the North to Liverpool. There was a marked increase in night raids, with scattered nuisance missions up entire East Coast, and in the South West and over Merseyside.

Losses: Luftwaffe 6 : Fighter Command 1.

Weather: It was generally fair, but cloudy in South East and some thunderstorms along the East Coast.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 616 Squadron -- Spitfire I ( ? ) -- R.A.D.Smith
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 02 Oct 2009, 23:23

Thursday the 8th of August 1940.
Day: There were several massed attacks, chiefly by Ju 87's of Fliegerkorps VIII escorted by Bf 109's of JG 27 on a westbound convoy of 20 ships in the Channel. Several ships were sunk. Most Luftwaffe losses inflicted by No 43 and No 145 Squadron's. Concentrated reconnaissance sweeps over south-eastern England by elements from JG's 3, 26, 51, 53 and 54 were met by Spitfire's from No 41, No 64, and No 610 Squadron's. Four Spitfire's were lost (with three of their pilots killed), one force landed with two others badly damaged.
The second attack on the "Peewit" convoy happened about midday as the convoy was East of the Isle of Wight. 57 Stuka's escorted by about 30 or so Bf 109's from JG 27, and a further 20 Bf 110's of LG 1, were intercepted by a mixture of some 30 Spitfire's and Hurricane's from No 145 Squadron, No 257, and No 609 Squadron's, later joined by more Hurricane's of No 238 Squadron. The Stuka's still managed to get through, sinking four ships and damaging seven others.
Determined to sink the entire convoy, Fliegerkorps VIII returned in force at 17.00 hrs, with eighty-two Stuka's in another attack to the South of the Isle of Wight, escorted by 68 Bf 109's and Bf 110's. No 10 and No 11 Groups responded with seven squadrons. No 145 Squadron was amongst these, returning for its third battle over the convoy for the day.
Six ships limped into the nearest port, four of the original convoy arrived at their intended destination of Swanage, Dorset.
Night: Night bombing over wide area of England and Wales. Mine laying by Fliegerdivision IX.

Losses: Luftwaffe 31 : Fighter Command 20.

Weather: Mainly cloudy, with showers and bright intervals. Cloud base on this morning was 2,000 feet

R.A.F. Losses.
No 23 Squadron -- Blenheim If (L1448) -- C.F.Cardnell,C.Stephens
No 43 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3781) -- J.Cruttenden
Hurricane I (P3468) -- J.R.S.Oelofse
No 64 Squadron -- Spitfire I (P9369) -- J.W.C.Squier
Spitfire I (L1039) -- P.F.Kennard-Davis
No 65 Squadron -- Spitfire I (K9911) -- D.I.Kirton
Spitfire I (K9905) -- N.T.Phillips
No 145 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P2955) -- L.A.Sears
Hurricane I (P2957) -- E.D.Baker
Hurricane I (P3163) -- E.C.Wakeham
Hurricane I (P3545) -- F.A.Smith
No 152 Squadron -- Spitfire I (R6811) -- D.N.Robertson
No 234 Squadron -- Spitfire I (N3278) -- J.Szlagowski
No 238 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3823) -- D.E.Turner
Hurricane I (P3617) -- D.C.MacCaw
Hurricane I (P2947) -- H.A.Fenton
No 257 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P2981) -- N.M.Hall
Hurricane I (R4094) -- K.B.Smith
Hurricane I (P3058) -- B.W.J.D'Arcy-Irvine
No 600 Squadron -- Blenheim If (L8665) -- D.N.Grice,F.J.Keast,J.B.W.Warren
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