THE AEROPLANE News from March 1940

Ben Dunnell looks back 80 years to see how The Aeroplane covered the momentous events of 1940

1 March 1940

While there was some aerial activity for The Aeroplane to report, such as the sinking by Luftwaffe aircraft of HM Trawler Fifeshire east of the Orkneys on 20 February with the loss of all but one on board, things remained relatively quiet. “Six months of War have not yielded the results, good or ill, which all the World expected in September” the ’War in the Air’ column commented. But the prediction that better weather would bring a change proved to be on the mark. Already more sorties were being flown, even if major air combats had so far not taken place.

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