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Battle of Britain

  • Stan Hartill
    The important role the ground crew played in the Battle of Britain

    Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill worked as a member of the ground crew on the early Mark II Spitfires.

  • Adolph Gysbert 'Sailor' Malan
    The ten rules of air fighting

    Innovation and invention were key to the RAF's victory in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. One such innovator was ace pilot Adolph Gysbert 'Sailor' Malan.

  • Fred Hammond
    Living through the Blitz – 100 days of bombing

    Fred Hammond was just a teenager during WWII when Hitler switched tactics and began to rain bombs down on British cities. In this blog, Fred describes what it was like to live in London during the Blitz.

  • An RAF aircrew in an airfield
    The Wakefield Appeal

    Winston Churchill wasn't the only man to pay tribute to the bravery of 'The Few' during the Battle of Britain. Lord Wakefield wrote passionately about the achievements of the RAF during WWII and appealed for donations on their behalf.

  • Sergeant Josef František
    Crossing borders to fight the Nazi regime

    Sergeant Josef František flew with No. 303 Squadron becoming one of the top Battle of Britain pilots with 17 kills in the 27 days in which he was operational.

  • Squadron Leader Peter Townsend with RAF colleagues
    Squadron Leader Peter Townsend: A portrait

    The Battle of Britain created many distinguished flying careers and heroes of the day. Amongst this illustrious crew was Squadron Leader Peter Townsend.

  • WAAF personnel
    WAAF trio decorated for Battle of Britain bravery

    Three women were recognised for their courageous conduct in the aftermath of a deadly air raid during the Battle of Britain.

  • Arthur John Banham with RAF colleagues
    The lucky Arthur John Banham

    Arthur John Banham joined the RAF in 1935 and at the start of the Battle of Britain flew the Boulton Paul Defiant.

  • Air Commodore Alan Christopher 'Al' Deere
    The lucky Kiwi

    Air Commodore Alan Christopher 'Al' Deere was a New Zealand Spitfire pilot and one of the RAF's leading aces during World War Two.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill
    "We knew we were fighting for our lives"

    RAF veteran Stan Hartill joined 609 Squadron aged 19 and was looking after Spitfires at Middle Wallop for one week when the Battle of Britain broke out.

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