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Diary May 29, 1940

Boulton Paul P.82 Defiant
Boulton Paul P.82 Defiant of Fighter Command’s 264 Sqn. In fact the concept of the sluggish two-seat fighter was faulty, and production of 1,060 until February 1943 was a disgraceful error. Once the enemy became familiar with the Defiant it had had its day by daylight.
Diary for Wednesday, May 29, 1940:

Air War

Two elite units of Junkers Ju 88 bombers join assault on Dunkirk. Squadron of RAF Defiant two-seat fighters claim 37 ‘kills’ over Dunkirk (actual total: 14).

Sea War

47,300 troops evacuated from Dunkirk. Destroyers Wakeful, Grenade and Grafton sunk (latter by U-boat U-62). Six British and one French destroyer damaged by bombing, Mackay and Montrose collide and run aground. Eight auxiliary ships and seven merchant ships bombed and sunk.

Norway

British troops evacuated from Bodo.

Western Front

Germans occupy Ostend, Ypres and Lille.

Occupied countries

Holland: Dr Seyss-Inquart takes office as Reichskommissar for Holland.

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