German intelligence issues assesment of Fighter Command's control system

German intelligence circulates its appreciation of Fighter Command's control system to operational commands.

As the British fighters are controlled on the ground by R/T, the forces are tied to their respective ground stations and thereby restricted in ability, even taking into concideration the probability that the Crown stations are partly mobile. Consequently, the assembley of strong fighter forces at seven points and at short notice is not to be expected. A mass German attack on a target area can therefore count on the same conditions of light figher opposition as in attacks on widely scattered targets. It can, indeed, be assumed that considerable confusion in the defensive networks will be unavoidable during mass attacks, and that the effectiveness of the defences can thereby be reduced.

Not sure what "Crown stations" are.

Quoted "in full" in Pamplet No 248, p 80.

Luftwaffe staff conference at The Hague

Göring leads a staff conference on the conduct of the air war against Britain.

Kesslering is of the opinion that the R.A.F. is nearly finished, and this is supported by Schmidt's intelligence estimate that serviceability is down to around 100 fighters, although this may have risen to 350 due to the reduced intensity of operations imposed by bad weather. Based on these figure he advises Göring to launch the second phase and attack London, which would force the RAF to commit its last reserves. Sperrle disagreed, but on

Sperrle thinks the number of fighters is still around 1000 and disagrees that the second phase should begin but on 30 August Göring had already advised Hitler to begin attacks on London. The order was issued on 5 September.

The claimed total of enemy aircraft destroyed is 1,115 but the R.A.F.'s more significant problem of a lack of pilots is not considered despite intelligence having established that bomber pilots were being called in to replace losses.