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Battle of Britain

  • 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. Seventy-eight years on 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.

  • Stan Hartill
    Remembering the man who helped keep the Spitfires in the sky

    Stan, who has died aged 97, was always humble about his contribution to the war effort, insisting he was 'just doing his job' but we remember his bravery and selflessness.

  • Johnny Kent
    New book celebrates Battle of Britain pilot Johnny 'Kentowski' Kent

    Alexandra Kent knew as a child that her father John 'Johnny' Kent was a celebrated Battle of Britain pilot and successful test pilot.

  • Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr
    Seventy-fifth anniversary of 'High Flight'

    "Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings..." So begins 'High Flight,' perhaps the most renowned aviation poem, written by Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr, in August 1941.

  • Stan Hartill Legion d'honneur Courtesy of Daily Echo Bournemouth
    French honour for Battle of Britain veteran

    Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill has been awarded France's highest decoration  the Legion d'honneur.

  • Spitfires
    Celebrating 80 years of the Spitfire

    Eighty years ago today an icon of British resilience and defiance first took to the skies – happy birthday Supermarine Spitfire!

  • Geoffrey Wellum
    "The worst part was the waiting"

    Spitfire pilot Geoffrey Wellum recalls what it was like to take to the skies during the Battle of Britain.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Tony Pickering
    "I have never forgotten my comrades"

    Hurricane pilot Sqn Ldr Tony Pickering will never forget those he flew alongside during the Battle of Britain.

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