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The Battle of Britain Page 32 11 July, Thursday The Luftwaffe’s activities against both the RAF and the Channel convoys continued on 11 July, in spite of cloud and overcast. , CH stations on the south coast plotted two enemy formations heading toward a convoy in Lyme Bay. Six Spitfires of 609 (West Riding) Squadron, based at Warmwell, and six Hurricanes of 501 Squadron, based at Middle Wallop, were vectored to intercept. , and found about 10 Ju 87 Stukas moving into postion to attack the convoy.
The Führer has ordered me to crush Britain with my Luftwaffe,” he told the gathering. ” Hermann Göring had a tendency to believe his own propaganda. For instance, he believed that the Americans would be unable to produce a fighter that could compete with the Messerschmitt Bf 109 because Americans were only good at producing consumer products. They were very good at refrigerators, children’s toys, and sewing machines, but had no flair for fighter planes. When the Luftwaffe first encountered the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, and the North American P-51 Mustang the year following, Göring was astonished to discover that the toy-makers could have made two such outstanding airplanes.
And four weeks at OTU was not Darley’s idea of training pilots for combat. And so S/L Darley assigned the Americans to non-combat duties. Mostly, they did ferrying chores—delivering a Sptifire to another base, and being flown back to Warmwell in a twin-seat Miles Magister trainer. In between, they flew Spitfires until they got to know the airplane intimately—its strengths and its weaknesses. Tobin, Keough, and Mamedoff were not happy with this arrangement. Nearly every day, they would hear other pilots talking about their encounters with the enemy, while all they were allowed to do was run errands.