Catalogue description Air Ministry: British Air Forces in France: Registered Files

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Reference: AIR 35
Title: Air Ministry: British Air Forces in France: Registered Files

This series consists of the few surviving records of the British Air Forces in France between September 1939 and May 1940. These files deal mainly with administrative and strategic matters.

Date: 1937-1943
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 354 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure
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On the outbreak of war two groups of Squadrons were dispatched to France. One was the Advanced Air Strike Force consisting of ten Squadrons of Fairey Battles and two of Hurricanes. The second was the Air Component of the British Expeditionary Force with five Squadrons of Lysanders for army co-operation and four of Hurricanes. With the German offensive from 10 May 1940 many airfields were destroyed and Squadrons withdrew often in great confusion to Britain. The last units left France on 25 June 1940.

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