Battle Of Britain Day

Two Gun Bob

Well-Known Member
2 Apr 2010
Life is a web spun of ghosts dreams and illusions.
On Sunday, 15 September 1940 the Lufwaffe launched its largest and most concentrated attack against London in the hope of drawing out the RAF into a battle of annihilation. Around 1,500 aircraft took part in the air battle which lasted until dusk. The action was the climax of the Battle of Britain. Today we honour all those who served in the Battle of Britain 80 years ago, defending our shores and the world against tyranny most foul. These are the few to whom we owe so much and they will not ever be forgotten.

Some excellent reading of the days engagements.

Obviously the battle of the sky started many months earlier, however the last major daylight raid on London took place on 15 September which is now commemorated as Battle of Britain Day.

Sir Winston Churchill "The gratitude of every home in our island, in our empire, and indeed throughout the world, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the world war by their prowess and by their devotion"

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few"

When it was over, 544 RAF pilots and aircrew were dead and had made the ultimate sacrifice to keep generations of Britons safe. We have but one last battle of Britain gallant soul left of those cherished few and an irish man by the name of john Hemingway, however bless all the combatants that took to the skies in the defence of the realm against tyranny most foul and may their names live on in our hearts and minds for ever more. Thank you for your sacrifice.

Running into battle. Hemingway the second from the right in his short sleeved shirt. He preferred to fight this way to allow freedom of movement during ariel combat.

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Mëtal Bikër

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3 Jul 2009
Such an enormous weight to be placed on their shoulders;

"Save the world..." even if they didn't know it at the time.

Because without the victory in the Battle of Britain, there would be no second front to relieve the Soviets. There would have been no D-Day, no liberation of 'Fortress Europa'.

I'm in absolute awe of everyone who was involved with the effort.

A57 the snake

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5 Aug 2020
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Bravest of the expectancies of those Who served up there was shocking , tragic that we missed out on the 75th anniversary this year hopefully we’ll go all out and celebrate and remember the fallen in 2025 for the 80th anniversary . ( and in-between) .


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19 May 2012
Members of 85 Squadron

L to R: Hemingway, P/O GL Howitt, F/O JE Marshall, S/ldr. PW Townsend (kneeling with dog Kim) and F/O WF Carneby leaning on propeller scoreboard).[/I]
The stylised pictures of the era are so much better than selfies of today - I suppose it was the fact that film and development costs meant you had to pose and make the shot count - no looking at it and thinking "nah delete. Hey lads - up against the plane again a minute eh? And that 1000yd stare into the distance that you do so well".

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