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Battle of britain,dag na dag.

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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 11 Oct 2009, 21:12

Sunday the 8th of September 1940.
Day: Perhaps due to increased cloud, no raid on London materialises. Luftflotte 2 returns to attacks on Kentish airfields and other points in the South East, though with little effect. The Luftwaffe is recuperating.


The invasion Alert No 1 is in force.

Night: At night, waves of Luftflotte 3 bombers return to the attack on east London. This is to be the general pattern of Luftwaffe attack for the next few weeks, with increasing attention to London as the main target.

Losses: Luftwaffe 28 : Fighter Command 6.

Weather: Generally fair, but light cloud during middle of the day.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 41 Squadron -- Spitfire I (R6756) -- W.J.Scott
No 46 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3053) -- ??
Hurricane I (P3201) -- J.C.Carpenter
Hurricane I (V6631) -- N.W.Burnnett
No 600 Squadron -- Blenheim (L1111) -- H.B.L.Hough,E.C.Barnard,A.Smith
No 605 Squadron -- Hurricane I (L2061) -- J.Fleming
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 11 Oct 2009, 21:13

Monday the 9th of September 1940.
Day: No attacks appeared until the afternoon, when massed high-flying groups are broken up approaching Thames Estuary. This resulted in much scattered bombing - much of it jettisoned rather than aimed over a wide area of Kent and Surrey. Some bombs were dropped on Central London. 412 civilians are killed, fifty of them in one block of flats. Every railway line to the South of London were blocked. Raids aimed at London are beaten back.


Beaufighter's equipped with A1 radar enter service.

Night: Wave technique also applied at night, in continuous attack on London by Air Fleet III, including the City of London and the West End.

Losses: Luftwaffe 28: Fighter Command 16.

Weather: Fair, but cloud, scattered showers and thunder in east.

R.A.F. Losses
No 1 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3081) -- W.B.M.Miller
No 66 Squadron -- Spitfire I (N3049) -- G.H.Corbett
No 92 Squadron -- Spitfire I (L1077) -- C.H.Saunders
Spitfire I (P9372) -- W.C.Watling
No 242 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3087) -- K.M.Sclanders
Hurricane I (P2831) -- R.V.H.Lonsdale
No 303 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3700) -- K.Wunsche
No 310 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3888) -- J.F.Boulton
Hurricane I (R4084) -- G.L.Sinclair
No 602 Squadron -- Spitfire I (K9910) -- P.C.Webb
No 605 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P2765) -- J.S.Humphreys
Hurricane I (L2059) -- G.M.Forrester
No 607 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3574) -- S.B.Parnell
Hurricane I (P3117) -- J.D.Lenaham
Hurricane I (P2728) -- G.J.Drake
Hurricane I (P2680) -- R.A.Spyer
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 11 Oct 2009, 21:14

Tuesday the 10th of September 1940.
Day: Poor weather delays activity until late afternoon. Probing raids then sent against several South-Eastern airfields. Later, other small groups from along the Thames estuary penetrate South and South West London, with little effect. Gathering enemy naval activity is noted off Dieppe.Small scale airfield raiding in the afternoon.
Night: Heavy all-night raiding against London with diversionary raids around Merseyside and parts of South Wales.

Losses: Luftwaffe 15 (including 9 write-offs in RAF raid on Eindhoven): Fighter Command 2.

Weather: Generally overcast, with occasional rain.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 72 Squadron -- Spitfire I (K9841) -- E.E.Males
No 312 Squadron -- Hurricane I (L1644) -- J.Keprt
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 11 Oct 2009, 21:15

Wednesday the 11th of September 1940.
Day: "Seelowe", scheduled for today, is postponed until the 14th of September. There were afternoon raids, with aircraft from Luftflotten 2 and 3, they headed for London and, after prior reconnaissance, other formations attacked Portsmouth and Southampton. Although mostly were broken up, the raiders caused considerable damage in the City, Central London and Dockside areas. Other raiders regrouped to attack Brooklands, Biggin Hill, Hornchurch and Kenley. Diversionary formations attack convoys and other shipping, and several fighter sweeps were sent over raiding the South-East airfields and Southampton and Portsmouth.
Night: Night bombing was spread over much wider area, due to doubling of London anti-aircraft defences. Other bombers attack Liverpool.

Losses: Luftwaffe 25: Fighter Command 29.

Weather: Improving to mainly fine. Cloud and showers in the Channel and the South East.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 1(RCAF)Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3534) -- T.B.Little
Hurricane I (V6670) -- P.W.Lochnan
No 41 Squadron -- Spitfire I (X4325) -- G.A.Langley
No 46 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3525) -- S.Andrew
Hurricane I (V6549) -- R.E. deCannart-d'Hamale
Hurricane I (V7232) -- W.A.Peacock
Hurricane I (P3094) -- P.R.McGregor
No 72 Squadron -- Spitfire I (R6710) -- B.Douthwaite
No 73 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P2796) -- H.G.Webster
No 92 Squadron -- Spitfire I (K9793) -- F.N.Hargreaves
Spitfire I (R6613) -- J.A.Paterson
Spitfire I (P9464) -- H.D.Edwards
No 213 Squadron -- Hurricane I (V6667) -- A.Wojcicki
Hurricane I (P3780) -- J.E.J.Sing
No 229 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3038) -- M.Ravenhill
Hurricane I (N2466) -- K.M.Carver
No 235 Squadron -- Blenheim V (L9396) -- P.C.Wickings-Smith,A.W.V.Green,R.D.H.Watts
No 235 Squadron -- Blenheim V ( ? ) -- F.W.Flood,N.B.Shorrocks,B.R.Sharp
No 238 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3096) -- W.Tower-Perkins
Hurricane I (V7240) -- D.P.Hughes
Hurricane I (R2682) -- S.Duszynski
No 249 Squadron -- Hurricane I (V6682) -- W.L.Davis
No 266 Squadron -- Spitfire II (P7313) -- R.J.B.Roach
No 303 Squadron -- Hurricane I (V6665) -- A.Cebrzynski
Hurricane I (V7465) -- A.S.Forbes
No 501 Squadron -- Hurricane X (P5200) -- T.P.Pickering
No 504 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3770) -- A.W.Clarke
No 602 Squadron -- Spitfire I (N3282) -- M.H.Sprague
No 611 Squadron -- Spitfire I (P7298) -- F.E.R.Shepherd
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 11 Oct 2009, 21:16

Thursday the 12th of September 1940.
Day: Weather resricts daylight operations to reconnaissance and single raiders. Night operations also reduced and, although is, more often than not, a much shorter London again the main target, scattered burst than usual. Both sides believe their raids occur over much of central England successes greater than is actually the case,
Night: Reduced effort over London and scattered raids.

Losses: Luftwaffe 4: Fighter Command 1.

Weather: Becoming unsettled with rain spreading to most districts, including Channel.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 213 Squadron -- Hurricane I (V7306) -- J.S.Dewar
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 11 Oct 2009, 21:18

Friday the 13th of September 1940.
Day: Small raiding groups form to try bombing from above the weather and at very low levels. Interceptions were difficult, Central London was bombed including Buckingham Palace, but the He 111 did not get away. He was shot down by a Sgt Ginger Lacey in a Hurricane from No 501 Squadron. Also various targets were bombed in Kent.
Night: Night attacks were centred on London with diversionary raids restricted chiefly to the Home Counties and East Anglia.


RAF sinks 80 enemy invasion barges during night.

Losses: Luftwaffe 4: Fighter Command 3

Weather: Continuing unsettled; heavy showers, with some bright intervals inland. Weather now severely hampering enemy operations.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 248 Squadron -- Blenheim IVf (L9451) -- W.J.Garfield,B.W.Mesner,A.Kay
No 501 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P2793) -- J.H.Lacy
F.I.U. -- Blenheim IVf (Z5721) -- R.G.Ker-Ramsey,G.Dixon,E.L.Byrne
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 11 Oct 2009, 21:19

Saturday the 14th of September 1940.
Day: There were probing raids on London, mainly by fighters, despite good weather. The build-up continues for 'Seelöwe', which is now postponed until the 17th of September 1940. Reconnaissance takes place in most areas followed by low-level probing raids by fighters and fighter-bombers. This unexpected intrusion increases the defenders' losses, and later several high-altitude raids cross the South coast as the weather begins to improve, diving to attack south London and other targets in the South East.
Night: London, Cardiff, Gloucester, Maidstone, Ipswich, Fareham and targets in Central Scotland are bombed

Losses: Luftwaffe 14: Fighter Command 13.

Weather: Cloudy, with showers and local thunder.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 19 Squadron -- Spitfire I (R6625) -- F.Marek
No 41 Squadron -- Spitfire I (R6605) -- R.C.F.Lister
No 66 Squadron -- Spitfire I (X4327) -- R.H.Robbins
No 72 Squadron -- Spitfire I (K9960) -- H.J.Bell-Walker
No 73 Squadron -- Hurricane I (L2039) -- M.W.S.Robinson
Hurricane I ( ? ) --J.J.Griffin
Hurricane I (P2542) -- J.J.Brimble
No 92 Squadron -- Spitfire I (R6624) -- H.W.McGowan
No 222 Squadron -- Spitfire I (X4275) -- S.Baxter
Spitfire I (X4249) -- R.B.Johnson
No 253 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3804) -- J.A.Anderson
Hurricane X (P5148) -- W.B.Higgins
No 610 Squadron -- Hurricane I (L2118) -- ??
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 11 Oct 2009, 21:20

Sunday the 15th of September 1940.
Day: The climax of the Battle, remembered as The Battle of Britain Day. A maximum effort by the Luftwaffe, with layered groups from 15,000 to 26,000 ft, heading for London with diversions and feints. Escorting fighter screens positioned upward to 30,000 ft. Once this air armada is set on its course, other raids set off for Portland / Southampton. Most raiders continued to climb when they were inland, and then in full sight of British radar split into numerous groups on different headings. Determined defence by Fighter Command, which puts up 24 squadrons during the day, prevents concentrated bombing by these groups, and by the time they have split up under attack and been backed by further incoming groups, the whole airspace over South-Eastern England appears filled with enemy formations. Bombing is generally sporadic and inaccurate, and spread over a far larger area than planned. Two bombs landed on Buckingham Palace but failed to explode. Those two U.X.B's were a godsend for the British propaganda machine.
This was the day Winston Churchill visited 11 Group's headquarters at Uxbridge with his wife and met Park's famous answer to his question about reserves: "There are NONE".


The BBC reported 185 enemy aircraft destroyed, the actual score was about 60

Night: There was a heavy attack on London. There were smaller raids on Cardiff / Bristol and the Manchester / Liverpool area's

Losses: Luftwaffe 56: Fighter Command 27.

Weather: Fine, though some light cloud during the middle of the day. Early mist and haze give a hint of likely large-scale attacks

R.A.F. Losses.
No 1 (R.C.A.F.)Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3080) -- A.D.Nesbitt
Hurricane I (P3876) -- R.Smither
Hurricane I (L1973) -- A.Yule
No 19 Squadron -- Spitfire I (X4070) -- J.A.Porter
Spitfire I (P9431) -- H.A.C.Roden
No 41 Squadron -- Spitfire I (P9324) -- G.A.Langley
No 73 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3865) -- R.A.Marchand
No 92 Squadron -- Spitfire I ( ? ) -- R.H.Holland
No 213 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P3113) -- R.T.Llewellyn
No 229 Squadron -- Hurricane I (N2537) -- G.L.J.Doutrepont
Hurricane I (V6616) -- R.R.Smith
No 238 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P2836) -- L.Pidd
No 242 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P2884) -- G.Powell-Sheddon
No 249 Squadron -- Hurricane I (V6566) -- K.T.Lofts
No 302 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P2954) -- T.P.Chopik
No 303 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P2903) -- W.Lokuciewski
Hurricane I (P3939) -- T.Andruszkow
Hurricane I (P3577) -- M.Brzezowski
No 310 Squadron -- Hurricane I (R4085) -- A.Hess
Hurricane I (R4087) -- J.Hubacek
No 501 Squadron -- Hurricane I (P2760) -- A.E.A.Hove d'Ertsenrijck
Hurricane I (P2725) -- R.T.Holmes
Hurricane I (N2481) -- J.V.Gurteen
Hurricane I (N2705) -- M.Jebb
No 603 Squadron -- Spitfire I (X4324) -- A.P.Pease
Spitfire I (R7019) -- G.L.Denholm
No 605 Squadron -- Hurricane I (L2122) -- R.E.Jones
Hurricane I (L2012) -- T.P.M.Cooper-Slipper
No 607 Squadron -- Hurricane I (V6688) -- P.J.T.Stephenson
No 609 Squadron -- Spitfire I (R6690) -- G.N.Gaunt
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 11 Oct 2009, 21:21

Tuesday the 17th of September 1940.
Day: The Seelöwe invasion is postponed yet again, this time indefinitely. A few bomber groups crossed the Kent coast. A massed Luftwaffe fighter sweep of Luftflotte 2 headed for Biggin Hill in the South-East.
Night: Heavy raids on London with smaller raids on Glasgow and Merseyside. Mine-laying was resumed.

Losses: Luftwaffe 8: Fighter Command 8.

Weather: Overcast with squally showers with drizzle and low cloud.

R.A.F. Losses.
No 41 Squadron -- Spitfire I (R6887) -- J.N.MacKenzie
No 151 Squadron -- Hurricane I (R4185) -- J.Winstanley
No 501 Squadron -- Hurricane I (V7357) -- J.H.Lacey
-:- Hurricane I (P3820) -- E.J.Egan
No 504 Squadron -- Hurricane I ( ? ) -- D.A.Helcke
No 607 Squadron -- Hurricane I ( ? ) -- J.Lansdell
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Re: Battle of britain,dag na dag.

Postby Francesco Baracca » 11 Oct 2009, 21:22

Wednesday the 18th of September 1940.
Day: Fighters and fighter-bombers crossed into Kent, with various light raids on the Thames Estuary and London.
Night: Mainly on the London suburbs and some on Merseyside.


British reconnaissance over Antwerp and the channel ports shows that about 1.600 invasion craft are assembled. The are now under constant day and night attack from Bomber Command and Coastal Command.

Losses: Luftwaffe 20: Fighter Command 14

Weather: Bright, but with showers.
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