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Dunkirk evacuation

    Discover more about the evacuation of Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940, code-named Operation Dynamo, and the important role the RAF played in the mission. Read about the RAF careers of some of the pilots who took part in the operation and other WWII battles such as Adolph Gysbert 'Sailor' Malan and Peter Cazenove.

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    How the Battle of Dunkirk unfolded

    The Battle of Dunkirk took place between 26 May and 4 June 1940 in Dunkirk, a small town on the northern coast of France. The Allies had been losing the Battle of France on the Western Front and the now-renowned Battle of Dunkirk saw Allied forces defend and seek evacuation from Dunkirk as the German forces closed in. As part of a dangerous and daring rescue operation, around 338,000 British Expeditionary Forces (BEF) and other Allied troops were evacuated.

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    The RAF's hard battle to support the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk

    During the Second World War, a myth began to circulate that the RAF did not do enough to protect the troops that were trapped on the beaches and the fleet of vessels trying to evacuate them.

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    The RAF's vital role in the Dunkirk evacuation

    On 26 May 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered the start of Operation Dynamo – the evacuation of more than 330,000 Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk during WWII. RAF Fighter Command began to operate patrols from Boulogne to Dunkirk and the operations were to continue for the next nine days during the evacuation.

  • Dunkirk premiere
    We join the stars for the world premiere of Dunkirk

    Last Thursday we were delighted to be invited to the world premiere of the new blockbuster film, Dunkirk in London's Leicester Square. We were thrilled to take World War Two Spitfire pilot Allan Scott DFM with us as we mingled with stars of the film and other celebrities on the red carpet.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Spitfire P9374 auction
    "Tell mother I'll be home for tea!"– the incredible story of the Spitfire going under the hammer

    Almost 75 years after it crashed on the beaches of Calais in the Battle of France, Spitfire P9374 is once again making history.

  • 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.

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