There can be no immediate invasion of England, because while Germany has complete mastery of the air over Scandinavia, she does not have it over England by a long shot. Defensively Britain is greatly superior. Her Spitfire, which I flew last summer, is a superior 'plane to any which the Germans have in great number. Therefore, no invasion of England is possible until that superiority of the air over England is achieved.
Sqn Ldr Whitley led 245 Sqn on a patrol over Dunkirk. They were in the air for an hour and half and during a dog fight with Meserchmitts had claimed four but POs West and Treanor were missing.
245 Sqn fly an early morning patrol over Dunkirk and report no air activity and the evacuation apparently complete. Later they are withdrawn back to Scotland.
The Pilotless Aircraft Unit leaves Hawkinge.
He points out the risk of sending fighters abroad now that the French Army is in a parlous condition. He produces a graph showing that, on each of ten days during May, 25 fighters were lost, while only four replacements were received.
It is known that young German male tourists have been staying in Galicia. Some of them have uniforms with them and this is known to the police, who do not interfere. It is considered unlikely that an expedition will be organised in this manner but the situation will be watched.
We may assume that the enemy is expecting our attack to come from the direction of Laon and that he reckons with a strong German right wing, from both the clues furnished by the development of the campaign and our obvious aim to threaten England from the air.
This is the first meeting since the invasion was initially proposed. It has not been disclosed outside Raeder's own headquarters.
Hitler states it is his intention "to dcrease the size of the Army when France has been overthrown and release all older men and skilled workmen" and primises the Navy and Luftwaffe will have "top priority".
He recommends that Britain should be immediately invaded, adding that if left in peace for four weeks "it will be too late".
Plans for the mounting of long-range guns in the Calais-Boulogne area which may be used to cover a landing in the Dover area are unlikely.
Since late June Hauptmann von Kornatzki’s II./JG 52 have been deployed along Germany’s North Sea coastal belt, during which time it has been able to claim two RAF Blenheim IVs off the Friesian Islands.
US embassy advises "that this may be the last opportunity for Americans to get home until after the war."
After having flown tactical reconnaissance over Dunkirk and resupply to Calais 26 Sqn (Lysander) transfer to West Malling and 16 Sqn (Lysander) transfer to Redhill.
After refuelling they fly an uneventful bomber escort over France.
OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) Care and Maintenance Party, Lympne
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|Formation of CARE AND MAINTENANCE PARTY at R.A.F. STATION, Lympne.
ESTABLISHMENT:- NINE OFFICERS. 234 AIRMEN. 14 CIVILIANS. (WAR/F.C/164 dated 7/6/40) Arrival of four airmen for essential duties prior to arrival of personnel.
The Air Force consists of around 1,500 servicable aircraft.
Rhine ships can be available in fourteen days to three weeks. Ten motor passenger vessels, 200 motor tugs, 85 powered barges, 12 motor tankers, 2,000 barges. Rhine vessels are not considered very suitable for transport of troops and equipment due to their lack of seaworthyness and low longitudinal strength.
Target is reducing by 35 divisions to 120 divisions - which means demobilising roughly 20% of the men under arms - allowing them to return to industry and agriculture where labour is needed. The army are not planned to be used in an invasion of England. This order is confirmed by Hitler a week later
In the morning a Fuehrer directive comes in. It directs immediate initiation of measures to lay the foundations for a reduction of Ground Forces to 120 Divs., including 20 of Armour and 10 of mot. Inf. The directive is based on the assumption that with the now imminent final collapse of the enemy, the Army would have fulfilled its mission and so, while still in enemy country, could comfortably start on work to prepare the projected peacetime organisation. Air Force and Navy alone would be carrying on the war against Britain.
Warlimont (Jodel's deputy chief of the OKW's Operations Staff) notes that:
With regard to a landing in Britain, the Führer … has not up to now expressed such an intention, as he fully appreciates the unusual difficulties of such an operation. Therefore, even at this time, no preparatory work of any type has been carried out at OKW.
Only the Kriegsmarine has begun provisionally earmarking shipping and collating topographical intelligence about the coast between The Isle of Wight and the Wash.
German plans for the invasion of this country will have been worked out in great detail and secrecy.