RAF Squadrons in September 1939

Gloster Gladiator launching

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 August 26, 1944

ris after the German air attack. Particularly hard hit was the western part of the city.

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.

August 25, 1944 (Friday)

General de Gaulle enters Paris

WESTERN FRONT DE GAULLE ENTERS PARIS. German garrison, Cdr.-General von Choltilz, surrenders in left­luggage office of Montparnasse Station, after openly disobeying Hitler ‘s orders to destroy city. RUSSIAN FRONT 3rd Byelorussian Front captures Tartu (Estonia). SEA WAR HMS Warspite bombards Brest. DIPLOMACY RUMANIA DECLARES WAR ON GERMANY. FINNS BEGIN PEACE NEGOTIATIONS WITH RUSSIANS. Agreements signed between Britain, France and USA concerning civil administration of liberated territory.   Related articles ‘ HMS Warspite, The Old Lady’ Bombarding the Beaches, Normandy’ HMS Warspite aground off of Cornwall as she was being towed to the breakers yard…. HMS Warspite aground off of Cornwall … learn more

August 24, 1944 (Thursday)

Capturing of German POWs in Paris 1944

WESTERN FRONT French 2nd Armoured Division enters Paris. Allied forces take Cannes. HOME FRONTS Germany: All theatres, music-halls and cabarets to be closed from September 1; all holidays suspended, students mobilized; all compassionate leave stopped for armed forces. Rumania: Rumanian Royal Guards defeat German attempts to occupy Bucharest. Stukas attack the Palace. AIR WAR RAF Coastal Command attacks German evacuation ships off Le Havre.

August 23, 1944 (Wednesday)

threatening shadow of a V-1

WESTERN FRONT Allied forces capture Evreux (Normandy), Melun (southeast of Paris) and Marseilles; Americans reach Grenoble. Eisenhower vetoes Montgomery’s plan for bold drive through Low Countries into Northwest Germany. SEA WAR Schnorkel U-boats operate around Scottish coast until early October; only U-482 (5 sinkings) achieves any success. AIR WAR 211 people killed by V-1 at East Barnet (London). HOME FRONTS Britain: B-24 Liberator bomber crashes on infants’ school at Freckleton (Lancs): 57 killed. Rumania: King Michael dismisses and arrests the dictator, Antonescu, and sanctions formation of ‘peace’ government under General Sanatescu. Luftwaffe bombs Bucharest.

August 22, 1944 (Tuesday)

Sherman tanks of the British 8th Army in August in Italy on the rise to the north.

WESTERN FRONT Americans capture Sens, southeast of Paris. ITALY Polish and Italian Co-Belligerent forces of British Eight Army reach Metauro river, 48 km south of Rimini. OCCUPIED FRANCE FFI now control all public buildings in Paris. SEA WAR British escort carrier Nabob torpedoed by U-boat U-354 off north Norway. Her Avenger planes take off from sloping deck and prevent U-354 from delivering coup de grace (Nabob towed to safety).