Battle of Britain campaign 2014 – 11th-12th Aug – Luftwaffe probe airfield defences before hammering ports while RAF watch

Posted: August 12, 2014 in Battle of Britain, RAF, wargames, West End Games
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111_Squadron_RAF11th Aug – Cloudy – German Effort Normal – Raids increasingly large in size throughout the day directed principally against RAF airfields. Damage light

Losses RAF 12, Luftwaffe 20

111 Sqn’s first day on the frontline as a Category A sqn was an anti-climax and a frustrating one. 64 Spitfire Sqn patrolled sector 2/11 until midday when 615 Hurricane Sqn took over duties. All the while 111 Sqn remained on the ground at Readiness status (take-off in 5 mins).  At the end the day, the Sqn finally got to see their saw their quarry, but not in the way they wished. A late RDF detection meant that by the time the warning sirens had sounded and the pilots were strapping themselves into their machines, the first bombs from a small raiding force of Junkers Ju88’s with fighter escort were already landing around them.  Fortunately the ack-ack fire was sufficiently fierce as to force most of the bombers to drop their bombs too early and land harmlessly in nearby fields.

12th Aug – Cloudy – German Effort Normal – Concentrated attacks on Portsmouth and Southampton docks/ports causing extensive disruption and damage to infrastructure.  RAF refuse to contest

Losses RAF 0, Luftwaffe 0

Another quiet day for 111 Sqn who despite being placed on patrol in sector 2/11 were not directed to any enemy raids before landing just after midday. Poor coordination and the size of German Fighter escorts being the chief cause.

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Comments
  1. Peter says:

    Yay! Summer season, warm evenings with a glass of cool white wine and the annual reports from the battle of britain – great! 🙂

    And I’m reading Ian Kershaw’s “Fateful choices 1940-41” currently. Perfect timing.

    I sincerely hope you achieve a better result this year. No one deserves yet another year of Weisswurst and Sauerkraut…

    • simonsmrt says:

      Thank Pete, its been a low key start and I’ve been cautious as both raids today were 10 gruppen strong so I couldn’t afford the risk of engaging them with 1 or 2 Sqns at best especially as they were Port targets. Both resulted in heavy damage though so I’m on minus-10 after 2 days as I also bought a reinforcement Hurricane Sqn. I haven’t been helped by the first raid of the day event for both days being that cursed “patrolling sqns land”
      Look out for I/LG2 (1/Lehrgeschwader2) combat reports this time as well as I have a nice painted model representing this gruppe this time so will be seeing how it fares also

      As for Weisswurst, I’ll skip on that and go straight for Currywurst from Curry 36

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