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Weather: fine in the morning and fine in the evening but with cloud in the middle of the day.

Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:

  • Blenheim – 65
  • Spitfire – 236
  • Hurricane – 309
  • Defiant – 21
  • Total – 620

Three squadrons of 11 Group clashed with 50 Me109s and Me110s as well as a gruppe of Dorniers over a convoy threading its way through the Straits of Dover. An Me109 was shot down. Then a British fighter was shot down by an Me109 which in turn was shot down by a Spitfire. The RAF that day flew 571 sorties and lost 6 aircraft which was just less than the German losses of 7 planes.

266 Squadron Operational Record Book, 21 July
Average temperature, bright and cloudy periods, visibility moderate. Flying 10 hours 20 minutes. B Flight at readiness, Ac Flight available. Practices included Beam attacks, formation, aerobatics, cine camera gun and local flying. Spitfire I aircraft R.6768 delivered to Squadron by Ferry Pool.

Today’s theme: Captains and Commanders – Sir Keith Park

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