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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.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill
    "We knew we were fighting for our lives"

    The Late RAF veteran Stan Hartill joined 609 Squadron aged 19 and was looking after Spitfires at Middle Wallop for one week when the Battle of Britain broke out.

  • WAAF personnel
    The vital role women played in the Battle of Britain

    Codebreakers, codemakers, balloon barrage operators – the roles for women during the Second World War were as varied as they were vital.

  • Douglas Bader
    'Operation Leg' – a pilot unlike any other

    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 opportunity for Bader to re-join the RAF and take back to the skies.

  • Flt Lt Eric 'James' Brindley Nicolson
    "Darling just got VC. Don't know why"

    With those simple words, telegraphed to his wife Muriel, Flight Lieutenant Eric "James" Nicolson downplayed the magnitude of his award.

  • Chain home radar station
    Radar: Britain's secret weapon

    German pilots attacking from France often flew straight into a swarm of British fighters, who seemingly were waiting for the attack and deprived the enemy of the element of surprise.

  • A battle in Britain skies
    The fight for air supremacy

    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 War.

  • 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.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill
    "We knew we were outnumbered...but the pilots still went into the skies to protect us"

    As a member of the ground crew of 609 Squadron, the late Stan Hartill saw first hand the bravery and sacrifice of the Battle of Britain pilots.

  • Polish pilots came with a fearsome reputation
    Polish pilots came with a fearsome reputation

    As the Battle of Britain wore on, the critical shortage of trained pilots became more and more apparent and In July 1940, the RAF announced it would form two Polish fighter squadrons.

  • Battle of Britain veteran Stan Hartill
    Keeping the Spitfires in the air

    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 the air.

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