As such, it is actually quite common for me to browse the site when reading about something that I had never before investigated, and one of the articles that I have read over the past few days was that on the Gloster Gladiator, the very last of the British biplane fighter aircraft.
Of course now, what does any of this have to do with the title of this topic? As has been covered many times on CODOH already, it was supposedly "neutral" Belgium that allowed British military aircraft to freely use its airspace in their attacks upon German civilian targets, violating the international standards of neutral conduct and therefore rendering Belgium's "neutrality" only theoretical.
Not yet mentioned on the Forum however is some revealing information found in the article on the Gloster Gladiator, sourced from John Weal's 2012 book He 111 Kampfgeschwader in the West. At the moment, I unfortunately do not own a physical copy of the book and cannot find any preview online to look over its individual footnotes, though this information below nonetheless displays just how honest Belgium really was in its "neutral" conduct.
During the preceding Phoney War, on April 24 1940 Belgian Gladiators on neutrality patrol shot down a German Heinkel He 111 bomber which subsequently crashed in the Netherlands. The bomber, V4+DA of Kampfgeschwader 1, had been damaged by French fighters at Maubage, France, and chased across the Belgian border.
Found under Belgium in section Operational History of Wikipedia article Gloster Gladiator
It's one thing to attack other nations' military aircraft passing over your territory during a time of hostilities or simply not interdict them at all, but it's another to attack and shoot down those of only one combatant deliberately while still having the audacity to claim "neutrality." How does such blatant deceit warrant that the "peaceful" Allies were on "the right side of history"? Simple answer: it doesn't.