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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 rafbf.org/battleofbritain to learn more about the Battle of Britain and discover the defining moments of the conflict on our Battle timeline.

  • 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'.

  • Late Battle of Britain veteran Bob Foster
    "Goering underestimated the strength and resilience of Fighter Command"

    The late Wing Commander Bob Foster gives his reasons for why the RAF ultimately defeated the Luftwaffe in the skies above Britain.

  • Nigel Rose
    The Spitfire was "something out of this world"

    In an exclusive interview with the RAF Benevolent Fund, Spitfire pilot and Battle of Britain veteran Squadron Leader Nigel Rose reveals his feelings about flying the Spitfire.

  • Late Wing Commander Bob Foster
    "We flew into the evening sun when the East End was burning"

    The late Hurricane pilot Wing Commander Bob Foster describes to us how he and his squadron (605) joined the Battle on one of its most decisive days.

  • Nigel Rose
    "We were issued with revolvers and about 15 rounds"

    Battle of Britain veteran Squadron Leader Nigel Rose recalls the atmosphere in Britain following the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk in June 1940.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Nigel Rose
    "There was a hell of a bang and a crash"

    Spitfire pilot and Battle of Britain veteran Nigel Rose, tells us about one of his closest shaves in the Battle.

  • Late Battle of Britain pilot Bob Foster
    "Life went on as normal during the Battle"

    The late Wing Commander Bob Foster reveals how although fighter pilots were treated like heroes, life went on as usual for everyone as the Battle raged in the skies above them.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Nigel Rose
    "There was a terrific battle going on when we arrived"

    In a special interview with Spitfire pilot and Battle of Britain veteran Squadron Leader Nigel Rose, he tells us about his first real sight of the Battle of Britain when 602 Squadron moved down from Drem in Scotland in August 1940.

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