This summer the UK will mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Pivotal to the outcome of the Second World War, the battle was an attempt by German forces to defeat and ultimately invade Britain and continue their dominance in Western Europe. To invade, they first needed air supremacy and it fell to the Few, a group of nearly 3,000 brave young pilots and their crews, to defend the country and battle for control of the skies.
With the average age of most pilots at around 21, many of the RAF’s Battle of Britain pilots were not old enough to vote but not too young to die for their country. The 75th anniversary is thought to be the last major anniversary at which the remaining members of the Few will be fit enough to take part.
During the summer and autumn of 1940, 544 personnel from Fighter Command died as the RAF fought in the skies above southern England to force back the threat of any invasion by Hitler. It is no surprise that today the Battle of Britain is regarded by many as the turning point in the Second World War. While there were several battles of greater scale during the war, it was the significance of the Battle of Britain that cemented its place as one of the great battles in history.
If you would like to find out more about the Battle of Britain, take a look at the RAF website.