Battle of Britain Day

Battle of Britain Day

September 15
In England, September 15, 1940, is remembered as the day of the biggest daylight bombing raid of Britain by the German Luftwaffe. The German air attacks had begun in June 1940, and beginning September 7 bombs rained on London for 57 consecutive nights. The Royal Air Force (RAF), while greatly outnumbered, had a secret advantage—radar—and the early-warning chain gave RAF pilots a half-hour's notice of German planes taking off from France. The Luftwaffe was finally defeated in April 1941, ending the first extended battle ever fought for control of the air. Winston Churchill, in a speech in August 1940, was referring to the RAF pilots when he said, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
Today the RAF, as well as civilian aviation organizations, commemorate the anniversary with air displays of various kinds.
CONTACTS:
Royal Air Force Museum
Grahame Park Way
London, NW9 5LL United Kingdom
44-20-8205-2266
www.rafmuseum.org.uk
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 155
OxYear-1999, p. 374
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