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Historically, the Luftwaffe met a very well trained and determined enemy and had a lot of respect for the British willingness to mix it up in the skies over the Channel. The high kill rates which were racked up on the Eastern Front were not prevelent in this Theater and the Luftwaffe could not live up to the claims of the over confident, Herman Goering....
14 August 1940
Excerpts from: Battle of Britain: An Epic Conflict Revisited by Christer Bergström
Major Adolf Galland and the young pilots in his III./JG 26 'Schlageter' were utterly convinced that the war would soon be over as they walked after lunch on 14 August towards their Messerschmitt l09's on the small airfield at Caffiers. The cloud cover which concealed the sky in the morning had started to breakup and from a piece of blue sky the sun shone down on the parked Bf l09's.
`Hals and Beinbruch, Herr Major!- Good luck — said the first mechanic, Unteroffizier Gerhard Meyer, who helped Galland up into the cockpit. `Thank you, Meyer', Galland replied merrily. Iet's see if I can bring anything home.' He was referring to the possibility that he might shoot down yet another enemy aircraft — which in that case would bring his total to 18.
This was before Galland would describe this period as 'a struggle of life and death'.
Shortly afterwards, Galland was at the front of his III. Gruppe high above the Channel. The entire JG 26 'Schlageter' and elements of JG 51 were out over the Channel, along with eighty Ju 87S from II./StG i and IV.(St)/LG 1. The latter were surrounded by thirty Bf l09s from II./JG 52, which few as close escort. Oberleutnant Johannes Steinhoff, commanding 4./JG 52, was not as enthusiastic as Galland and his aviators. He remembered: 'Our mission was close escort. "Stay With the bombers at any price, do not pursue the Spitfires", read our directives: "do not be tempted to attack even if you are in an ideal position." This was just too much for us young and eager fighter pilots. We glided rather than flew alongside our proteges, who crept forward at what seemed to be walking pace.'
It was an impressive mass of Luftwaffe planes. The target for the Stukas was the airfield at Lynipne, but because of the overcast they were unable locate it and instead chose to strike Hawkinge and Dover. However, the Germans succeeded in attracting the attention of Fighter Command's air controllers. Park ordered the sector bases Biggin Hill, Kenley and Hornchurch to scramble their fighters. Forty-two of them — Hurricanes from 32 and 615 squadrons, and Spitfires from 65 to 610 squadrons — climbed to intercept the. raiders.
The Stukas dived against Dover and the nearby airfield at Hawkinge while some of the Bf l09 pilots amused themselves by shooting barrage balloons on fire. Suddenly the British fighters appeared. 'The British had formed a reception committee and they came in right behind us, said Steinhoff.
Guided by the air controller, the British fighters struck down like raptors oil the Stukas with their close escort. Pilot Officer Smythe opened fire against a 109 which caught fire and plunged towards the sea. Oberfeldwebel Heinz Weiss, one of the pilots of Steinhoff's 4./JG 52, fought desperately to pull up the descending plane. At less than a hundred metres' altitude he succeeded, and the Messerschmitt performed an emergency landing on the water. Meanwhile the pilots of 610 and 615 squadrons shot down one Ju 87 and badly damaged another.
One of the pilots in II./JG 52 opened fire on a Spitfire that attempted to attack a Ju 87, and saw the British plane leave with thick smoke billowing from the engine. Adolf Galland was on the same case. 'I picked out a Hurricane which "hung" in position behind a Ju 87', he said, 'and soon I had him in my gunsight. Usually I opened fire only at close range, when the enemy was so close
that it filled my entire windscreen in my plane, but his time I had to open fire at a large distance for fear that he might hit the JU87 first. When the Englishman saw my tracer, he broke off and took up the nose of his plane. I that moment, I hit him. I couldn’t see the impact, because I myself was attacked by a Hurricane and had to take evasive action. Muncheberg took care of my pursuer.’ More to follow......