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'Hardest day' tribute raises £10,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund

A fleet of 24 Spitfires and Hurricanes took to the skies above Biggin Hill in tribute to the former RAF base's Battle of Britain heritage.

The Battle of Britain's Hardest Day

The event, held in August, commemorated the Battle's Hardest Day, when Hitler launched three waves of attacks on Britain which saw large numbers of aircraft lost on both sides.

RAF Biggin Hill was part of 11 Group and, as a main fighter base, responsible for keeping the skies above South East England safe.

For the special event the aircraft were separated into three different flights, with eight aircraft patrolling above Dover, eight above the Isle of Wight and eight in the Biggin Hill area.

Colin Hitchins, Community Engagement Manager, said: "Due to Biggin Hill's history and heritage we need to always acknowledge why we have got an airfield here and that goes back to the RAF. This is why we support the RAF Benevolent Fund.

"The Fund is as relevant today as it was then."

Staff at Biggin Hill are continuing to support the Fund with collection boxes and the running total is fast approaching £15,000.

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