Hello again Yngwie J.Yngwie J. wrote:
We agree that air supremacy, or at least air superiority, would be a pre-requirement for a German invasion. However, I can´t see how the Germans would have gained that, even if they had continued to attack R.A.F. airfields.
It had to be supremacy or nothing as far as I am aware. The purpose of attacking the airfields, apart from destroying the fighters, was to ensure that whatever aircraft the Royal Air Force had available could not get off the ground, therefore leaving them as sitting ducks for the incoming Luftwaffe.
Any Royal Air Force fighters in the north would have been moved to the south coast as the R.A.F. losses mounted, this would have opened the back door along the north east coast where they had previously been on the receiving end of a battering.
Acting on dodgy intelligence, on the 15th August 1940, 65 Heinkel He111's and 34 Bf110 from Luftflotte 5 took off the air fields of occupied Norway and Denmark in the hope that they would be able to smash the R.A.F. airfields in the north. They were greeted by the Spitfires 72 Squadron and the inevitable happened. Most of the Luftwaffe bombers jettisoned their additional fuel tanks and turned around. The Bf110's, which were supposed to be the bombers escort actually flew from Norway without their rear gunner in place because of a weight penalty that meant their fuel would have been used up before reaching Britain.
I have no doubt that as the main thrust of the planned invasion was to be in the south, it would have been expedient to draw on the reserves in the north of the country to bolster the south. I really do believe that their fate would have been a foregone conclusion if the Luftwaffe had not changed their tactics.
Speak to you again soon.