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RAF pilots relax with their mascots
RAF pilots relax with their mascots


ARCHIVE AUDIO
2 Dec 1940: Flt Lt JB Nicolson describes a dogfight over the channel in August 1940 : "My guardian angel was watching over me."

SUSTAINED ATTACK

During the last two weeks of August the RAF sustained heavy losses but the German losses were greater. By the end of the month the Germans had lost more than 600 aircraft and the RAF about half that number. But the loss of experienced RAF pilots and the bombing damage done to the radar stations had left Britain very vulnerable. If the attacks on air installations had continued then the eventual outcome could have been very different - but Hitler soon shifted the focus of his attacks.

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