Weather: cloudy but with some bright intervals.

Fighter Command Serviceable Aircraft as at 0900 hours:

  • Blenheim – 63
  • Spitfire – 228
  • Hurricane – 357
  • Defiant – 21
  • Total – 669

That day enemy aircraft were elusive. Only one was shot down. Bombs were dropped in east Yorkshire and in Scotland on Leith. The day was also marked by Lord Halifax’s dismissal of Hitler’s Last Appeal to Reason.

266 Squadron Operational Record Book, 22 July
Warm, visibility very good. Flying 5 hours 30 minutes. B Flight at readiness. Ac Flight available. Practices included cloud penetration, blind take offs and landings. Sector reconnaissance by night.

Today’s Theme: Unsung Heroes – The WAAFs