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Sunday, 18 September 2005
Battle of Britain
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Battle of Britain Wings Appeal stickerToday is Battle of Britain Sunday commemorating the heroic sacrifices made by so many young pilots of RAF Fighter Command who fought the German Luftwaffe in the air over London in 1940. In fact, the whole past week has been Battle of Britain Week and many of you will have noticed veterans and supporters out on our high streets collecting for the RAF Wings Appeal. This is one charity I am always keen to support because the Battle of Britain was the decisive turning point of the Second World War. It was the prelude to the planned German invasion of Great Britain and, if it had been lost, we would probably all be speaking German today! If you missed buying a sticker, you can still donate here using your credit/debit card.

As Sir Winston Churchill said, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many to so few", [extract from a speech made in the House of Commons on the afternoon of 20th August 1940].

The Battle of Britain actually lasted for almost four months in the summer of 1940. Known as "The Few", 2,936 pilots took part in this battle and 544 of them lost their lives.

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The Luftwaffe launched the 'Adlertag' attack with the intention of destroying all Fighter Command airfields south of a line from Chelmsford to Gloucester within four days. Vickers Supermarine Spitfires of Royal Auxiliary Air Force (West Riding) No. 609 Squadron, motto "Tally Ho", flying from their forward base at Warmwell, attacked a formation of JUNKERS 87B's at approximately 1600 hours. During this action Pilot Officer D.M. Crook, later to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, shot down a MESSERSCHMIDT BF109 E-1 from 11/JG53 which formed a part of the escort for the STUKAS.

Only limited damage was done to the airfields of southern England despite the intensity of the attacks.

Squadron Leader D.R.S. Bader D.S.O. led the Duxford 'wing' of two Spitfire and three Hurricane Squadrons against enemy bombers and their escorts over London. He had taken off with No. 242 Squadron from Coltishall following the scramble order given at 11:22 hours. The rest of the 'Wing' was made up of Nos. 310 (CZECH) and 302 (POLISH) Hurricane Squadrons plus No's 19 and 611 Spitfire Squadrons.

Squadron Leader Bader attacked a section of three DORNIER 17Z's with Pilot Officer N.N. CAMPBELL and Sub. Lt. R.J. CORK at approximately 1200 hours. The perspective of time has confirmed that this was the decisive day in the battle.

This morning, a new Battle of Britain Monument has been unveiled by Prince Charles. It is situated on the Victoria Embankment opposite the London Eye and consists of a walkway, approximately 25 metres long, lined with bronze reliefs and bronze plaques. Such a commemoration is long overdue so, if you live in London or are passing through, do go and have a look.

Posted by Noviomagus at 14:50 BST Post Comment | View Comments (3) | Permalink

Monday, 19 September 2005 - 13:20 BST

Name: doubledog

Isn't is always a case of a few doing everything? So often I've remarked to myself that the same people keep showing up, the ones too busy already, they are the shoulders onto which the work of the world lands again and again. The great heroes are unassuming, reliable people who know about needs and simply take care of it all, whatever it is. They can...and they do.

When I was a young woman leaving school, looking ahead to my whole working adult life, I panicked. There it was, the endless vista of getting up in the morning, going out and doing my thing, coming home, taking care of home business, going to bed, getting up the next day and doing it all again...forever until I fell over. THAT was scary. I had so much respect for the adults I knew who had done this and had not made a fuss about it. They made the world work. They made us all safe and comfortable.

Earlier in the 1900's they were also the ones who went to war and did whatever they had to do to get that war won. Some of them had heart-pounding, terrifying, thrilling experiences in the the RAF. Some of them had wretchedly boring war years, but they all did what they had to do and then, those who lived through it, went on to live their quiet working years as ordinary people.

Now young people looking at these old folks might very well think, "Lot of bores." The old people, in return, mught very well think, "If I needed you to save civilization and then to rebuild a war-ruined world, would you be able to get up off the sofa and make it happen?"

Tuesday, 20 September 2005 - 00:24 BST

Name: Tessa

There is too little respect for elders these days. It makes my blood boil when I hear of an old boy who has been mugged by some young hoodlum and it turns out that the old chap is a decorated war hero. If it hadn't been for him and his like, what sort of 'free' world would today's youngsters be growing up in?

Thursday, 5 May 2011 - 09:59 BST

Name: "Mark @ West"
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It's great that Tangmere Military Museum stands as a memorial to the role of the Chichester airfields in the Battle of Britain.

But Tangmere wasn't the only airfield - Apuldram, Thorney and Goodwood all played their part too.

My father was a lad in Chichester in the war and told me some of the stories about planes flying and (sometimes) fighting over the Sussex skies.

It must have been frightening and exciting in equal measure


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