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Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain which took place between July and October 1940.

The 15 September 1940 was officially named Battle of Britain Day as it was the day when RAF Fighter Command claimed what proved to be a decisive victory over the German Luftwaffe.

On this site you can learn more about the Battle and find out about the defining moments of the conflict on our Battle timeline. You can also watch our video interviews with RAF veterans who took part and read our exclusive Battle of Britain blogs.



Watch our videos that include interviews with Battle of Britain veterans who share their memories of the Battle.



  • Jan Zumbach
    The Polish ace pilot who took the fight to Germany

    By the end of the Battle of Britain the Poles had developed a fearsome reputation in combat, with 303 Squadron claiming the highest number of victories despite only joining the battle halfway through. We must never forget the incredible sacrifice those men made to protect our skies, men like 303 Squadron Commander Jan Zumbach.

  • Mike Goody and Jan Black
    We hit the red carpet for the premiere of Hurricane

    This week the RAF Benevolent Fund were honoured to join RAF veterans, including World War Two veteran Jan Black, and serving personnel for the premiere of the new film, Hurricane in London's Leicester Square.

  • Polish RAF aircrew
    The unsurpassed gallantry of 302 and 303 Squadron

    As a new film, Hurricane, which goes on UK release on 7 September, tells the tale of the bravery of the Polish Fighter Squadrons, we take a look at how the gallantry of these young men proved invaluable during the Second World War.


Battle of Britain infographic - Ten rules of fighting
Battle of Britain infographic - aircraft
Battle of Britain infographic - In numbers
Battle of Britain infographic - Nationalities of pilots



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