Fairey Battles and Boulton Paul Defiants, they ended up doing the job anyway, and did it better than the Henley's.
Yup , Henley was useless as a target tug, it was more a cooling system problem causing the engine to overheat ( the system was designed to cool high engine revs at high speed but as used had high revs but low speed so not enough airflow )Didn't the drag from the target really overwork the engines of the tugs? Could some of the early model Blenheims (or similar twin engine plane)be tasked for the job?
October or November, when the Channel becomes untenable for invasion? I believe you've already mentioned that many of the surviving barges are being returned to their original purpose.Well as Sir Hugh Dowding be the next CAS and has only not yet been yet appointed due to the need for as little disruption in Fighter Command's command structure whilst the Battle of Britain is still on going. Sir Phillip at this time is awaiting the right moment to install Sir Hugh in the top job and Sir Hugh Dowding will then appoint his successor at Fighter Command and move senior offers to new posts in consultation with Sir Phillip and the Prime Minister.
Neither listening to defeatist claptrap nor wasting the time of the House of Commons are judicially treasonable acts, so Sir Philip has done nothing of the sort. Delivered a searing rebuke yes, insinuated that they might be a traitor no.Is suggesting that an Honourable Member might be treasonous a little beyond the bounds of Parliamentary language, or is it just me?
If calling members liars and not retracting the allegation gets you thrown out of the chamber until you apologise, I hate to think what the punishment fall calling a member a traitor is.Is suggesting that an Honourable Member might be treasonous a little beyond the bounds of Parliamentary language, or is it just me?
Sir Phillip did not call any Honourable Member traitorous. What he did was say was that he would not say something that is traitorous. The accusation is implied but not explicit so not actionable by the Speaker. Even the accusation of misleading the House is described as 'inadvertent'.If calling members liars and not retracting the allegation gets you thrown out of the chamber until you apologise, I hate to think what the punishment fall calling a member a traitor is.
Has he ever looked at a map?Yes I enjoyed writing that piece and I had good reason to do so, as last year, a supposedly reputable Historian from Liverpool in a documentary about the 'Little Blitz' in 1941 when Liverpool was again badly bombed actually accused the wartime government of deliberately leaving Liverpool without adequate fighter defence. This was because the bulk of the Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons were based in the south east of England around London. That accusation was wrong in many ways, for a starter, Spitfires and Hurricanes are not night fighters and the attacks in question took place at night!