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Battle of Britain

  • Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill
    "We knew we were outnumbered...but the pilots still went into the skies to protect us"

    As a member of the ground crew of 609 Squadron, Stan Hartill saw first hand the bravery and sacrifice of the Battle of Britain pilots.

  • Polish pilots came with a fearsome reputation
    Polish pilots came with a fearsome reputation

    As the Battle of Britain wore on, the critical shortage of trained pilots became more and more apparent and In July 1940, the RAF announced it would form two Polish fighter squadrons.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill
    Keeping the Spitfires in the air

    While the pilots were undoubtedly the heroes of the Battle of Britain, it was the ground crew who helped keep the aircraft protecting our skies in the air.

  • William 'Billy' Fiske III was one of No. 601 Squadron's famous pilots
    Squadrons of the Battle of Britain: No. 601 Squadron

    There was no squadron quite like No. 601 Squadron at the beginning of the Battle of Britain. The squadron was wholly ordinary in some aspects but extraordinary in others.

  • Air Chief Marshal Dowding
    Preparing Britain's air defence for battle

    The task of preparing Britain's air defence in the lead up to the Battle of Britain belonged to Air Chief Marshal Dowding. It was his foresight and forward planning that helped position Britain to respond to the Luftwaffe attacks.

  • Prime Minister Winston Churchill
    RAF Uxbridge – defending the South East

    The RAF's timely action in building the air defence bunker at RAF Uxbridge gave them a significant advantage in defending the South East when war came to Britain's shores on 10 July 1940.

  • No. 266 (Rhodesia) Squadron were just one of the numerous Squadrons that took part in the Battle of Britain
    40% of Brits do not know what the Battle of Britain was

    Today marks the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain. Shockingly, 40 per cent of people in a new survey we commissioned do not know what the Battle of Britain was.

  • Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes a public address in the run up to the Battle of Britain
    The Battle of Britain – the early days of the war

    The Battle of Britain brought home the realities of war for the British public, as bombs fell on our cities and dogfights were silhouetted against the summer sun.

  • Late Battle of Britain pilot Jimmy Corbin
    How we helped the family of Battle of Britain pilot Jimmy Corbin

    Battle of Britain pilot Jimmy Corbin DFC was made a Freeman of Maidstone in 2010. After his death in 2012, the RAF Benevolent Fund was able to help Jimmy's wife, Jeanne, who after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's, was finding it more and more difficult to cope at home. Jimmy's daughter Margot explains how we helped her family during a very difficult time.

  • Late Battle of Britain pilot Jimmy Corbin
    Remembering Battle of Britain pilot Jimmy Corbin

    Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Corbin DFC had just 29 hours' flying time in the Spitfire when he joined No. 66 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. Jimmy sadly passed away in 2012 but his youngest daughter, Margot, shares some memories of her heroic father who was the last of the ten Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots, known as Churchill's 'The Few'.

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