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Battle of Britain

    Watch our interviews with RAF veterans who took part in the Battle of Britain and read our exclusive blogs.

    Visit to learn more about the Battle of Britain and discover the defining moments of the conflict on our Battle timeline.

  • Chain home radar station
    Radar: Britain's secret weapon

    German pilots attacking from France often flew straight into a swarm of British fighters, who seemingly were waiting for the attack and deprived the enemy of the element of surprise.

  • A battle in Britain skies
    The fight for air supremacy

    Germany's underestimation of the strength of the RAF's fleet of fighter planes proved to be key in fight for air supremacy during the Second World War.

  • Air Vice-Marshal Sir Keith Park
    Air Vice-Marshal Sir Keith Park: A portrait

    While Sir Hugh Dowding controlled the RAF's air defence in the Battle of Britain day to day, it was Keith Park who controlled it hour by hour.

  • 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, the late 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.

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