A Student of History

October 30, 2007

Battle of Britain pilots ‘could not shoot straight’

Filed under: Wars — John Maass @ 8:22 am

Did you know that RAF pilots couldn’t shoot straight during the Battle of Britain?  That is what new research purports to show….here.

Some went into combat after just 10 hours of solo flying and without ever having fired their guns. Lack of training facilities, time and recruits severely hampered Fighter Command’s efforts in the air, claims historian Andrew Cumming.

Historical documents show the “kill/loss ratio” for the key air battle between 24 Aug 24 and September 6, 1940 was “unimpressive”, Dr Cumming found.


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