The Timeline for the Luftwaffe During World War 2  
  Wednesday, September 20, 1939  
  RAF and Luftwaffe aircraft engaged in battle for the first time when a flight of German Me109 fighters attacked 3 Fairey Battle reconnaissance bombers over the Siegfried Line near Aachen, Germany. Two of the Fairey Battles were shot down. Sgt F. Letchard claimed the first RAF victory of the war after shooting down one of the Messerschmitt Me 109s.  
   
  Wednesday, November 29, 1939  
  After being attacked by Spitfires of Nos. 602 and 603 Squadrons over Lothian in Scotland, a He 111 bomber became the first German aircraft to be shot down over the United Kingdom.  
   
  Monday, December 18, 1939  
  The Battle of the Heligoland Bight took place in German airspace as 50 German Me109 and Me110 fighters intercepted and destroyed 12 of 22 British Wellington bombers dispatched on an armed reconnaissance mission to Wilhelmshaven. The aircraft were detected by two experimental German radar installations which then guided enemy fighters to the area. Four Luftwaffe aircraft were shot down. The outcome of this air battle caused RAF Bomber Command to abandon daylight raids until April 1940. The RAF also suspended training crews in night flying.  
     
   
     
   
 

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