BATTLE OF BRITAIN AT 80: Eagles' Nests

Edging closer to their ultimate goal of invading Britain, Luftwaffe units swooped onto airfields in northern France, as Malcolm V Lowe explains

A captured French Renault UE Chenillette armoured carrier/prime mover tows a Messerschmitt Bf 110C heavy fighter, possibly at Guyancourt near Paris. The dragon badge on the aircraft’s nose was originally that of I./ZG 52, later becoming II./ZG 2, which was decimated during the Battle of Britain.

France’s defeat during June 1940 gave Germany’s Luftwaffe the opportunity to base its frontline warplanes at various French airfields – military and civil – ready to launch its bombing campaign against Britain.

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