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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