Aircrafts and bases of the Royal Air Force By the outbreak of World War Two, most RAF squadrons had modern equipment, the breathing space given by the Munich agreement having given time for the introduction of vital Hurricanes and Spitfires into Fighter Command squadrons. In September 1939, the RAF had 10,208 aircraft in service, approximately 3,500 being in operational units. Of the latter number, about half were modern. Two groups of squadrons were despatched to France on the outbreak of war. One was the Advanced Air Striking Force and consisted of ten squadrons of Fairey Battles and two Hurricane squadrons. … learn more
WW2 War Diary for September 2, 1939 Poland German Blitzkrieg (lightning war) continues relentlessly. 18 Polish bombers attack German armour in Radom-Piotrkow area, south-west of Warsaw. Air War Luftwaffe enjoys overwhelming air superiority. Six raids on Warsaw. RAF Advanced Air Striking Force flies to France. Diplomacy Hitler rejects Mussolini’s offer (made August 31) to mediate in German-Polish dispute and the proposed five-power conference. Home Fronts Britain: National Service Act passed: conscription for men age 19-41. Neutrals Switzerland: General mobilization. Scandinavian states: Governments proclaim absolute neutrality.
WW2 War Diary for Saturday, September 2, 1944: Diplomacy Finland breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany and accepts Russian peace terms. Russian Front Russians reach Bulgarian border. Western Front 51st (Highland) Division captures St. Valery-en-Caux. Allied forces reach Mons. US 3rd Army (Patton) temporarily immobilized through lack of fuel. Italy 5th US Army captures Pisa. British 8th Army breaks through Gothic Line near Rimini.
WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 1, 1939: Poland GERMANY INVADES POLAND (code name, Weiss = ‘White’): 48 divisions (6 Panzer) and 1,600 aircraft invade without formal declaration of war on 3 fronts from Eastern Germany, East Prussia and Slovakia. Luftwaffe tactical raids on Polish airfields, communications and troop concentrations; Polish Air Force destroyed after three days. Air War Strategic bombing raids on Warsaw by He 111 s. Sea War German Navy blockades the Baltic. Training ship (old battleship) Schleswig-Holstein bombards small Polish garrison at Westerplatte, near Danzig. Diplomacy Poland: Government appeals for British and French intervention under terms of … learn more
WW2 War Diary for Friday, September 1, 1944: Western Front Canadians occupy Dieppe, which is abandoned by the Germans. British troops reach Arras; USA soldiers capture Verdun. Montgomery promoted to Field Marshal. Italy British 8th Army captures Monte Gridolfo, a bastion of the Gothic Line.