6) The figures for fighter sorties are plausible--some units made two sorties that day--but comparison of British and German records suggested that only about 300 bombers from Luftflotten 2 and 3 crossed the coast: the attacks by Luftflotte 5's Kampfgeschwader 26 and 30 from Norway were in fact the heaviest attempted raids of the day.
At least two of the Kampfgeschwader, KG 1 in Fliegerkorps I (in Luftflotte 2) and KG 54 on Fliegerkorps V (in Luftflotte 3) seem deliberately to have been held back during the earlier stages of the battle, presumably because the main effort was expected to come later.
On August 12, 1940, for example the Junkers Ju 88s of Kampfgeschwader 51 bombed Portsmouth dockyards and the radar station at Ventnor, on the Isle Wight, fifteen miles away.
The Luftwaffe lost four full colonels--Group Captain would be the equivalent rank--including two Kampfgeschwader commodores and the Chief of Staff of Fliegerkorps V, Alois Stoeckel.
95), telling of two competing attempts to refine proven designs for aerial combat, and John Weal's JUNKERS JU 88 KAMPFGESCHWADER
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