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Not until the following day did the significance of the one-third losses we had suffered sink in fully.
WE came to realise that if there were any more missions like that, our changes of survival would be almost nil.
I am deeply indebted to the following works, upon which I have relied for this account — • Alfred Price — "Battle of Britain Day" and "The Hardest Day" • Stephen Bungay — "The Most Dangerous Enemy" • Tom Neil — "Gun Button to Fire" • Richard Townshend Bickers — "The Battle of Britain" • Winston Churchill — "Their Finest Hour" — and also to the following for their help.Oddly, Churchill claims his advisor gave him this inflated figure as proof of the battle’s success? The losses on both sides are as follows: But that’s not how the newspapers play it. Later his private secretary will tell him the news from abroad, all of which is bad. They were expecting to meet an RAF on its last legs. Fighter Command is very obviously still in business.