30 Aug '12, 8am

In the last few weeks of August 1940 Fighter Command lost 103 pilots.

In the last few weeks of August 1940 Fighter Command lost 103 pilots.

In the last two weeks of August, 103 of Fighter Command’s pilots were killed and 128 more were seriously injured. Though the RAF had been doing its best to keep the Luftwaffe at bay and shoot down as many enemy bombers as possible, and though the UK’s aircraft factories were doing their best to replace lost Hurricanes and Spitfires, trained pilots were precious and not so easily replaced. With such a high rate of attrition, Fighter Command could not hope to last much longer than a few weeks, even if it continued to outscore the Luftwaffe in the air. To rectify the situation two measures were introduced. Firstly, flying training was reduced from four months to 10 days. This allowed the RAF to process young pilots and get them to the front line more quickly, but it was an expensive compromise on ability. And secondly, the ‘foreign’ squadrons that had previously been held bac...

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