Meanwhile the men of Bomber Command in Lincolnshire continued with the job in hand. The squadrons of 5 Group were joined by those of 1 Group. Ten squadrons of Bomber Command had been sent out to France in September 1939 to act as a battlefield support group to the British Expeditionary Force, being officially known as the Advanced Air Striking Force. They were all equipped with the Fairey Battle, which proved spectacularly ineffective in combat. The Battle was a single-engined, two seater able to carry two 500lb bombs. In theory the Battles were supposed to launch short range raids on enemy troops and supply columns. In practice those that were hurled forward against the advancing German armies in May and June 1940 were outclassed by the German fighters. The squadrons suffered appalling casualties – one raid of 71 Battles attacking the bridges over the Meuse River at Sedan lost no fewer than 41 aircraft.
The battered survivors of 1 Group were brought back to England. They thankfully gave up their Battles in favour to far superior Vickers Wellington and were sent to new stations. Squadrons 12 and 103 came to Lincolnshire to form the basis of a new 1 Group.
from "Heroes of RAF Bomber Command, Lincolnshire" by Rupert Matthews.
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