Friday, July 13, 2007
The air fight during the Crusader Battle
During the Crusader Battle and the immediate aftermath, the British enjoyed a very complete air superiority. The army greatly appreciated the support they received, as many had experienced Greece and Crete where the Germans had the air superiority. Axis losses exceeded the British, but in confirmed losses, not by a great number. From 18 November 1941 to 20 January 1942, the Germans lost at least 232 aircraft and the Italians "at least 100". On the airfields of Cyrenaica, the British found 238 German aircraft and about the same number of Italian aircraft. That puts the Axis losses a great deal higher than the British losses of "about 300". This is based on the account in Vol.III of the Official History.