On 13th August 1940 Herman Goering launched Adler Tag, Eagle Day, the Luftwaffe’s all out assault on Britain. Thanks to years of denial by British governments that Hitler intended war, an ill- equipped RAF suffered terrible casualties. By the 31st of August it looked as if we might lose. As a last resort and down to a handful of Hurricanes, Air Vice Marshal Dowding ordered the mobilisation of the 303 Polish squadron at Northolt. It was an act of pure desperation. The RAF establishment considered Poles to be reckless dreamers. Hadn’t they lost their country by sending string and wire biplanes against Hitler’s Messerschmitts?...read
A newspaper columnist recently wrote about how much she loves herself, every bit of her, even the fat bits and the spots. This overwhelming, life- long certainty of her own powers of pulchritude has won her many glittering prizes, including a column on a national paper, although she never writes about much apart from this, and a handsome well connected husband.