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 Diarz for Thursday, August 31, 1944 Russian Front Russians occupy Bucharest after advancing 56 km from Ploesti inside a day. Big crowds welcome the falsely expected liberators. Western Front British cross the Somme and capture Amiens; Americans cross the Mouse, near Sedan. Sea War Pacific: 15 carriers of TF 38 carve swathe of destruction across Japanese-held Islands north of New Guinea – attacking Iwo Jima, Chichi Jima, the Palaus, Mindanao, the Visayas and Luzon (August 31-September 24). 1,000 Japanese planes, 150 ships and craft destroyed, for loss of 72 US planes. Americans immediately decide to cancel step-by-step … learn more
WW2 War Diary for Wednesday, August 30, 1944 Russian Front Russians occupy Ploesti. Western Front Canadians take Rouen; British take Beauvais, north of Paris; Americans at Rheims and Chalons-sur-Marne.
WW2 War Diary for Tuesday, August 29, 1944 Russian Front German Army Group South Ukraine ordered to hold Carpathian Mountains and Transylvanian Alps. Western Front Americans capture Soissons, 89 km notheast of Paris. French advance from Nimes towards Montpellier. Burma Allies capture Pinbaw. Occupied Countries Czechoslovakia: Germans move to occupy puppet state of Slovakia, sparking off long-planned Slovak national uprising. Slovaks hold central Slovakia throughout September but SS units force them to retire into Low Tatra Mountains in October. Hungary: General Lakatos forms collaborationist government.
WW2 War Diary for Monday, August 28, 1944 Western Front Americans reach Chateau-Thierry. British gain another bridgehead on lower Seine. Air War Britain: 90 out of 97 V-1s directed against London are destroyed by the defences. Home Fronts Germany: Death of Ernst Thaelmann, former leader of German Communist Party, at Buchenwald; aged 58. USA: Death of W. Franklin Knox, Secretary of the Navy since 1940; aged 70.
WW2 War Diary for Sunday, August 27, 1944 Western Front Allied forces reach river Marne. French capture Toulon.
WW2 War Diary for Saturday, August 26, 1944 Western Front Allied forces pour across the Seine at four points between Paris and the sea. Air War Europe: 110 killed and 719 injured during German night raids on Paris; numerous fires. Occupied Countries Greece: Withdrawal of German forces from mainland (ends November 2). Home Fronts Bulgaria: Government announces its intention to withdraw from the war and begins disarming German garrisons.