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Pilots scramble for their aircraft
Pilots scramble for their aircraft


ARCHIVE AUDIO
1 Aug 1940: The sounds of an air battle on the Kent Sussex border and the reactions of a family watching it take place.

BATTLE INTENSIFIES

In August the terrifying aerial battles intensified - the Luftwaffe began launching attacks of more than 1,000 aircraft in one day. They focused on Britainís airfield and radar installations, which were vital in warning of the approach of the German aircraft. By the end of the first week in August, the RAF had lost nearly 100 fighters and the Germans more than 190 planes. A few days of bad weather in mid August gave exhausted pilots on both sides a much-needed reprieve - but soon the attacks began again.

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