OK, here we go!
The afternoon of Eagle Day, and we have been ordered to keep up the attacks on the RDF stations.
Immediately, we run into a problem.
The Einsatzhafenkommandanturen have reported that all operational fighters were in action this morning, and are not available for operations this afternoon!
(The brackets () around a unit indicate it is refueling and rearming.)
Someone will be shot for this!!
A quick radio check discovers that our 110 gruppen are similarly hard used and not available.
We have two Stuka gruppen available, from StG 77, but they are useless without escort.
There are ample bombers, but dare we send them against Britain without escort?
Are we mice or men?!!! The Tommy RDF is damaged, they are filling in holes on their forward airfields. Now is the time to strike, no?
Figuring there is safety in numbers, we send two gruppen of our faster Ju88s in for a strike on Hawkinge, which intel tells us is home to two RAF squadrons.
We are met off the Channel, but the box formation gives us good defensive coverage, and the RAF does not have it all it's own way.
Soon Hawkinge looms under our noses.
And we lay a carpet of bombs across its vulnerable hangars
Dare we use the Stukas? General der Flieger Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen comes from a long line of courageous airmen...he volunteers his Ju87s for a daring low level raid on Foreness, to try to knock out the RDF there once and for all, and clear the way for a heavy strike on Manston. The raid is plotted - 2 gruppen Ju87s doglegging in from the east, at 2,000 feet. And
Ten miles out, and still no RAF...
And they get away clean! Foreness is destroyed! The way in to Manston is clear. But why just Manston? A quick plan is drafted.
- 2 gruppen Do17s to hit Dover CH at 1830 and egress SW. This should leave the RAF blind over SE Kent and if the Do17s are intercepted they will drag the RAF away.
- 2 gruppen He111s to hit Manston at 1850 while the RAF is occupied elsewhere.
The plan works in part. He Do17s successfully knock out Dover, and get away clean.
The He111s run into an RAF patrol in squadron strength, moving down from the north, just as they reach Manston. It is too late.
All they can do is chase the lead element of the He111s while the rear elements bomb unmolested.
So ends Adlertag.
Studying the intel reports from late evening recon flights later that night, our experts assess that Manston was considerably damaged.
As was Hawkinge
And we have kicked in the door of the British bastion, over SE Kent, opening the way deeper into the heart of Fighter Command.
Further west we have not been so successful
We have caused some damage to RDF stations west of Rye, but around the fighter command airfields of Tangmere and Westhampnett the British defences have not been troubled.
Our efforts have cost us 76 aircraft destroyed, and 63 damaged, lightly enough to be repairable. We have received 30 replacements. And encouragingly, very few fighters were lost and morale is high. Yes, we lost 76 aircraft today, but only 12 of them were fighters. For this price, we claimed 44 British fighters!
The RAF took their greatest beating of the war so far. They cannot possibly sustain such losses for long.
And so, a new day dawns, Eagle Day +1...
Your advice kamaraden!