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The heroic John Hannah

<b>While Fighter Command took on the Luftwaffe over Britain and the Channel, the airmen of Bomber Command were flying missions over Fortress Europe.</b> …

"The worst part was the waiting"

<b>Spitfire pilot Geoffrey Wellum recalls what it was like to take to the skies during the Battle of Britain.</b><p>Geoffrey was just 19 when he joined the …

Battle of Britain

"I have never forgotten my comrades"

<b>Hurricane pilot Sqn Ldr Tony Pickering will never forget those he flew alongside during the Battle of Britain.</b><p>Like many of 'The Few', Tony was just a …

Battle of Britain

"We could have lost the war"

<b>Spitfire pilot Ken Wilkinson remembers how close Great Britain came to disaster during the Battle of Britain.</b><p>A teenage Ken and his friends knew their …

War

Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary – Our gratitude endures

The Blitz

Battle of Britain Day: Remembering Lord Willoughby de Broke

<b>It's never an easy decision to send men into battle, knowing that some of them will not return from the mission. Yet this was a decision made daily –</b> …

Sgt Pilot Fred Young and the many who did so much for their country

<b>Sergeant Pilot Fred Young was just 26 when he was killed right at the start of the Battle of Britain. His niece Janice Betson took part in a special</b> …

Battle of Britain

The important role the ground crew played in the Battle of Britain

<b>Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill worked as a member of the ground crew on the early Mark II Spitfires.</b><p><b>It was hard work and long days, with the</b> …

Battle of Britain

The ten rules of air fighting

<b>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</b> …

Living through the Blitz – 100 days of bombing

<b>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</b> …

The Wakefield Appeal

<b>Winston Churchill wasn't the only man to pay tribute to the bravery of 'The Few' during the Battle of Britain. Lord Wakefield, then chairman of the</b> …

Crossing borders to fight the Nazi regime

<b>Sergeant Josef František arrived in Britain on 21 June 1940 and died on 8 October that same year, flying with No. 303 Squadron and becoming one of</b> …

Squadron Leader Peter Townsend: A portrait

<b>The Battle of Britain created many distinguished flying careers and heroes of the day. Amongst this illustrious crew was Squadron Leader Peter</b> …

The lucky Arthur John Banham

<b>Arthur John Banham joined the RAF in 1935 and at the start of the Battle of Britain flew the Boulton Paul Defiant.</b><p>The Defiant had initial success …

The lucky Kiwi

<b>Air Commodore Alan Christopher 'Al' Deere was a New Zealand Spitfire pilot and one of the RAF's leading aces during World War Two.</b><p>After applying to …

"We knew we were fighting for our lives"

<b>Sergeant Stan Hartill was 19 years old when he joined the RAF as an airframe fitter. Stan, now 94, joined 609 Squadron and was looking after</b> …

The vital role women played in the Battle of Britain

<b>Codebreakers, codemakers, balloon barrage operators – the roles for women during the Second World War were as varied as they were vital.</b><p>Originally …

'Operation Leg' – a pilot unlike any other

<b>Douglas Bader was a Battle of Britain pilot unlike any other. Medically discharged against his will in 1932, the outbreak of the war was an</b> …

"Darling just got VC. Don't know why"

<b>With those simple words, telegraphed to his wife Muriel, Flight Lieutenant Eric "James" Brindley Nicolson downplayed the magnitude of his award. He</b> …

Radar: Britain's secret weapon

<b>German pilots attacking from France often flew straight into a swarm of British fighters, who seemingly were waiting for the attack and deprived the</b> …

The fight for air supremacy

<b>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</b> …

Air Vice-Marshal Sir Keith Park: A portrait

<b>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.</b><p>Air …

Royal Air Force defeats the Luftwaffe

A battle in Britain's skies

"We knew we were outnumbered...but the pilots still went into the skies to protect us"

<b>'The Few' Battle of Britain pilots were immortalised by Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a speech to the nation in September 1951. As a member of</b> …

Polish pilots came with a fearsome reputation

<b>As the Battle of Britain wore on, the critical shortage of trained pilots became more and more apparent. In July 1940, the RAF announced it was to</b> …

Keeping the Spitfires in the air

<b>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</b> …

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Bob Foster on flying the Hawker Hurricane