Göring addresses Luftflotten commanders

At Karinhall Göering says to the commanders of his Luftflotten: "Once the enemy air force has been annihilated our attacks will be directed as ordered against other vital targets." (i.e. targets connected with the invasion.)

"Until further notice the main task of Luftflotten 2 and 3 will be to inflict the utmost damage possible on the enemy's fighter forces."

At the same time he announces that the number of night raids on strategic targets was to be increased.

The Bf 109 units of Luftflotten 3 are ordered to move to new airfields in the Pas-de-Calais to extend their combat radius. (They had previously been based in Normandy and Brittany.)

Because of its heavy losses, the Ju 87 Stuka is to be withdrawn from the battle and, on specific instructions from Göring, fighters are to closely escort the bombers. The Bf 110s also suffered heavy losses and it is even suggested that they should be escorted by the Bf 109.


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