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Battle of Britain: the spitfire, envy of the enemy
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They had continued to fret over its controversial design, especially its elliptical wings. But minor teething troubles were quickly ironed out and the ministry finally threw its full weight behind the new fighter plane. Before the outbreak of the Second World War in , several countries expressed an interest in building the new Spitfire, among them Japan. Perhaps ironically, however, the first planes to be shot down by the Spitfire were, in fact, two Hurricanes, which flew into their flight path over Medway on September 6, There was, however, a silver lining.
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At the same time, two more pilots from the same squadron bore down on a Heinkel He and another Junker All claimed a kill: the flying seagull had opened its account — and had acquitted itself with distinction. Spitfires based in England scored their first hit when 41 Squadron, Catterick, brought down a Heinkel He off Southend.
When, on April 9, , Germany invaded Norway and, one month later, invaded France and the Low Countries, Spitfire Squadrons were now instructed to fly across the Channel. Considerable pressure was put upon the Head of Fighter Command to commit as many Spitfires as possible to defending France but, to his credit, he refused.
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Even though he stood firm, some 67 Spitfires were lost in the battle for France and the evacuation of Dunkirk. That said, valuable lessons were learned. When the Battle of Britain began on July 10, , while it was the Hurricanes that bore the brunt of the fighting, it was the Spitfire that fired the British imagination. At the time things could not have been more bleak for Britain.
The British Expeditionary Force — more than , men — had been beaten back to the French coast along with thousands of French troops. For Hermann Goering, by contrast, then chief of the German air forces, the view was decidedly rosy. He reckoned that the Germans could destroy the RAF in days and the British aircraft industry in weeks.
And their production capabilities. Goering had also failed to recognise the advantages the British had gained. By now they had Radar and the Royal Observer Corps, both of which gave early warning signals of approaching German fighters.
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