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Battle of Britain – 175 Shot Down

September 15, 2010 Steve Terjeson 2 Comments

BBC Alvar Liddell – 15 September 1940
Battle of Britain

Hurricanes taking off - Battle of Britain - 14 Sept 1940

Here is the midnight news and this is Alvar Liddell reading it.

After 10 o’clock 175 german aircraft had been destroyed in today’s raids over this country.

Today was the most costly for the German airforce than any other. In daylight raids between 350-400 aircraft were launched in 2 attacks against London and south-east England. About half of them were shot down.

It was officially announced that by 10 o’clock tonight 175 raiders were known to be destoryed by our fighters and anti-aircraft guns.

Editor’s Note:
While reports like this were common for the BBC to publish, the exact number and results are not always exact. Often numbers were inflated by the propaganda ministry to boost morale and conversely affect the Germans.

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  1. Charles McCain
    September 23, 2010 - 1:44 pm

    This is really cool. I haven’t listened to a lot of stuff like this but will certainly start. It gives such a feeling for the time. I wonder if the public believed that 175 planes were shot down. thanx

  2. Steven Terjeson
    September 23, 2010 - 2:55 pm

    Some did at least. Here is a pic from Britain in Aug 1940:

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