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Battle of Britain - Art Chronology
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18 August (continued)

Jagdflieger! by Nicolas Trudgian

At the outbreak of WW2 the Luftwaffe had some of the finest fighter pilots in the world at their disposal. Some of these had cut their teeth during the Spanish Civil War, others were to hone their skills during the early campaigns of Poland, Norway and France. They also had some of the best fighter aircraft – the single-seat Me 109E and the twin-engined Me 110 “Zerstorer” or destroyer. When the Battle of Britain was being fought the Luftwaffe fighter pilots – or Jagdflieger – had one of the most difficult assignments, protecting Luftwaffe bombers, seeking out RAF fighters, and all in a very short range aircraft like the Me 109E. Despite this, RAF pilots held their enemies in great respect – and rightly so! In a tribute to the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain, Nick Trudgian has produced a superb drawing featuring the Me 109E of Gerhard Schopfel, leading III./JG 26, along with Me 110s, on 18th August 1940. Schopfel demonstrated on this day the skill amassed by the Luftwaffe – spotting the Hurricanes of 501 Squadron climbing for altitude over Canterbury, Schopfel decided to attack ALONE! In quick succession he shot down FOUR Hurricanes, only breaking off when his windscreen was sprayed with oil from his final victim.

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21 August

Charging In by David Bryant

Bob Doe, flying a 234 Squadron Mk I Spitfire, goes charging in to finish off a Junkers Ju 88 during the height of the Battle of Britain, 21st August 1940. He shares the kill graciously with Squadron Leader O’Brien, who sadly loses his life in combat three weeks later.

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21 August (continued)

The Courageous Few by David Bryant

On the 21st August 1940, Junkers 88s of 1./KG 54 “Totenkopf” were dispatched to assault the Supermarine works at Woolston. Unable to identify the factory, they bombed the airfield at Abingdon and attempted to flee singly to their home base at Evreux. Pilot Officer Bob Doe and Squadron Leader J O’Brien are shown here in one of a series of attacks that brings down the raider before he can make good his escape.

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21 August (continued)

Down On The Farm by Frank Wootton

Just after lunch on 21 August 1940, Wing Commander Robert Doe was scrambled against a raid in the Winchester area. Aided by good ground control, he was vectored within sight of a German Ju 88 bomber seeking cloud cover at low level.

“He must have seen me at about the same time; due to my superior manoeuvrability I was able to close up behind him. I could see tracer coming in my direction. It’s funny how it seems to start off slowly straight towards you, then speeds up and veers away at the last moment. Having closed right up on him to about two hundred yards, I fired a long burst. He ceased firing and the bomber sank slowly towards the ground, crashing in a farm field at King’s Somborne in Hampshire.”

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Phase Three: 24 August – 06 September
Attacks on 11 Group Sector Airfields

25 August

Head To Head by Nicolas Trudgian

A classic head-to-head combat between Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone in his Spitfire and an Me 109 over the south coast of England on 25th August, 1940. With 602 Squadron scrambled to intercept an approaching raid. The Commanding Officer notches up his second victory of the day.

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26 August

Gauntlet by Anthony Saunders

Portsmouth August 26th 1940, the lone Spitfire of Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone breaks the ranks and picks off one of the menacing Heinkels only to encounter an equally determined attack from a Bf 109.

“We were brought to readiness in the middle of lunch and scrambled to intercept a mixed bag of 100+ Heinkel 111s and Do 17s approaching Portsmouth from the south. The controller did a first class job and positioned us one thousand feet above the target, with the sun behind us, allowing us to spot the raiders from a long way off. No escorting Messerschmitts were in sight at the time, although a sizable force was to turn up soon after.

Then something strange happened. I was about to give a ticking off to our chaps for misusing the R/T when I realised I was listening to German voices. It appeared we were both using the same frequency and, although having no knowledge of the language it sounded from the monotonous flow of the conversation that they were unaware of our presence. As soon as we dived towards the leading formation, however we were assailed
immediately to loud shouts of Achtung Spitfuern Spitfuern! as our bullets began to take their toll. In spite of having taken Jerry by surprise our bag was only six, with others claimed as damaged, before the remainder dived for cloud cover and turned for home. In the meantime the escorting fighters were amongst us when two of our fellows were badly shot up. Hector MacLean stopped a cannon shell on his cockpit, blowing his foot off above the ankle although, in spite of his grave injuries, he managed to fly his Spitfire back to Tangmere to land with wheels retracted. Cyril babbages aircraft was also badly damaged in the action. Forcing him to abandon it and take to his parachute. He was ultimately picked up by a rescue launch and put ashore at Bognor, having suffered only minor injuries. I personally accounted for one Heinkel 111 in the action”. (Sandy Johnstone)

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28 August

Harvest Time by Geoff Nutkins

Feldwebel Karl Straub of 7./JG 26 force lands his Messerschmitt Bf 109E at Goodnestone House Farm near Goodnestone, Kent on Wednesday 28th August 1940.

Image and text from Aviation Art by Geoff Nutkins

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28 August (continued)

Defiant, But Doomed by Stan Stokes

In Stan Stokes’ painting, entitled Defiant, But Doomed, Galland is depicted during a mission with the Abbeville kids on August 28, 1940. Flying low cover for a formation of Heinkel bombers Galland was shocked to see a squadron of 12 Royal Air Force Defiants flying directly below the bombers. The Defiant was a unique British aircraft which was utilized as a daylight fighter incorporating four machine guns enclosed in a top mounted hydraulic turret operated by a gunnery officer. Despite serving admirably during the Dunkirk evacuation, the Luftwaffe had devised tactics which made the Defiant only marginally successful. By utilizing it’s turret guns RAF 264 Squadron was preparing to decimate the Heinkels with an attack on their vulnerable underbellies. Climbing straight up into the formation Galland broke up the attack. Minutes later he was engaged with the Defiant piloted by 264 Squadron Commander Garvin. Although struck four times by the Defiant’s machine guns, Galland was ultimately victorious.

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29 August

Tally Ho! by Alex Hamilton

Hurricanes of 85 Squadron, led by Squadron Leader P W Townsend, attacking Dornier 17s during the Battle of Britain.

F/Lt H R “Hammy” Hamilton, flying VY-L in the foreground, was to lose his life on the evening of 29th August 1940, aged 23.

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29 August (continued)

West Riding Patrol by Norbert Lisinski

Alfred Keith “Skeets” Ogilvie was a Canadian pilot who served in No 609 Squadron, from 29 August 1940, pictured here, to 4 July 1941. He was shot down, became a POW, and he remained in a German hospital, 4 July 1941 to Feb 1942 after which he was sent to Stalag Luft III. Later on, he was involved in the Great Escape of March 1944 and was the last man out of the tunnel.

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30 August

A Hasty Exit by Ivan Berryman

P/O J E Marshall baling out of his stricken 79 Sqn Hurricane on 30th August 1940.

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30 August (continued)

Channel by Piotr Gorka

Pilots of No 303 Squadron, formed mainly from the personnel of the 1st “City of Warsaw” Squadron organised by S/Ldr Zdzislaw Krasnodebski, found themselves in the right place at the right time.

Less than a month after arriving at RAF Northolt, during a training flight on 30 August 1940, F/O Ludwik Paszkiewicz disobeyed orders when he left the formation and shot down an enemy aircraft.

This event resulted in declaring the unit an operational squadron of No 11 Group that defended London and it’s environs. Polish fighters entered action at the time when the Luftwaffe stepped up its attacks on the capital city of the British Empire and lack of skilled personnel started to be a real problem for HQ Fighter Command.

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30 August (continued)

McKnight’s Hat Trick by Michael Martchenko

On this day, August 30, 1940, following hard fighting, S/Ldr Bader tucked in alongside his wingman, “Willie” McKnight as they returned to base. The exuberant Bader held up two fingers indicating his two victories. The Canadian flashed back three indicating a “Hat Trick”. Bader was elated. The squadron that day claimed a total of 12 enemy A/C destroyed without loss to themselves. The tide of the battle was turning.

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First Victory by Mark Postlethwaite

F/O Ludwik Paszkiewicz scores 303 (Polish) Squadron’s first victory of the Battle of Britain on 30th August 1940.

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30 August (continued)

Messerschmitt 109E by Mark Postlethwaite

Fw Ernst Arnold of 3./JG 27 tries to shake off 603 Sqn ace Brian Carbury, 30th Aug 1940.

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30 August (continued)

One-Tens Over Kent by Nicolas Trudgian

Messerschmitt Me 110s and 109s of the Luftwaffe’s 210 Gruppe based at Calais-Marck in northern France, make a low-level run across the Kent countryside after a surprise attack on RAF Biggin Hill, August 30, 1940.

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30 August (continued)

Sod Off! by Troy White

610 Squadron was part of 11 Group which operated from bases closest to the English Channel and was the first line of defense against incoming Nazi raiders. 11 Group was commanded by the renowned Keith Park. Park was a New Zealander who, along with Chief Air Marshal Dowding was a major player in the victory of the Battle of Britain.

“Sod Off!” by Troy White depicts Sgt Ronald F Hamlyn of 610 Squadron battling it out with Ofw Karl-Heinz Harbauer on 30 August 1940. Harbauer, of 4 Staffel, II./JG 2 overshot Hamlyn, who in turn shot him down in flames. Harbauer bailed out but was killed when his parachute failed to open. The wreckage of his Bf 109E, WNr 2675, “White 1” was salvaged during the battle. Recently some additional fragments of the wreckage have been recovered.

Ronnie Hamlyn aka “The Pied Piper of Harrogate”, was the first RAF pilot to become an ace-in-a-day when he downed a Ju 88 and four Bf 109s in three sorties on 24 August 1940. His assigned aircraft for all of his Battle of Britain victories during and after 24 August was Spitfire R6891 DW-Q. Ronnie survived the war and rose to the rank of Wing Commander.

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31 August

Revenge Of The Raider by Ivan Berryman

The 79 Sqn Hurricane of P/O E J Morris receiving hits from a Dornier 17 on 31st August 1940. Morris was forced to crash land his aircraft and was slightly wounded following the combat.

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31 August (continued)

Action Over The Estuary by Steve Heyen

Spitfire Mark I flown by Flying Officer B Carbury, No 603 Squadron, in action over the Thames Estuary on August 31, 1940.

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31 August (continued)

Battle Of Britain by Jim Laurier

The second phase of the Battle of Britain began on 24th August 1940 when the Luftwaffe attempted to destroy the seven key fighter stations around London. Flying Officer Brian Carbury, a New Zealander flying with No 63 Sqn, based at Hornchurch in Essex, shot down eight Me 109Es in his Spitfire Mk I between 29 August and 2 September 1940, and became an “ace in a day” by downing 5 “Emils” during three patrols on 31st August. During the final combat in the early evening he claimed two Me 109s from 1./JG 3 in a dogfight over the Thames Estuary east of London.

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