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Artist or CreatorIllingworth, Leslie Gilbert, 1902-1979
Title or CaptionLetting out the hot air
Extent1 item
Published byDaily Mail
Date19 August 1940
Embedded text or transcriptThe "Invincible Nazi Air-force" Myth
Person DepictedGoering; Hermann (1893-1946)
Goebbels; Josef (1897-1945)
Hitler; Adolf (1889-1945)
NotesNews: 18. The first German plane was brought down over London. The Luftwaffe had switched its attacks to targets in southern England, and the Battle of Britain began in earnest. The air Ministry reported that more than 1,000 German planes were being sent over Britain daily. In the ten days since mass raids began, the RAF claimed to have destroyed 694 German planes, for the loss of 150 of its own. Newspaper reports in neutral capitals suggested that the success of the RAF in blunting the effect of the Luftwaffe's offensive rested, very largely, on a still-secret radio device, which was capable of detecting the presence of enemy aircraft at a distance of 75 miles. This allowed the RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes to remain on the ground, instead of using up petrol in lengthy patrols, the fighters still had time to get into the air before the Luftwaffe appeared.
SubjectsBattle of Britain 1940
Royal Air Force
World War 1939-1945
air raids
hot-air balloons
Copyright contact detailsNorthcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT
Location of artworkNational Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
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