I do remember England as a child. WW1 saw 900,000 British dead. 160,000 war widows. Thousands of amputees and gas victims. Britain's gold was expended. She initiated paper money and all gold sovereigns called in. Britain was exhausted and just trying to muddle through the end of a depression.
Persons deny the splendid efforts post Munich to build an all-metal fighter force. Only six were operational at Munich speech. I have it that a thousand Hurricane and Spitfires were ready in Sept. 1939.Even the bombers were mostly canvas strengthened with dope- re the Wellington bomber.
Molders of the Luftwaffe got a 100 kills over canvas WW1 vintage Dutch, French, and Polish aircraft. He had an all metal fighter. Imagine- 100!They never had a chance. Our guys would have with their new fighters.
Excuse the rant