today is Battle of Britain Day
On September 15th 1940 the Nazi Luftwaffe met the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force over the skies of southern England. By the end of the day the Luftwaffe had lost twice as many aircraft as had the RAF. The Luftwaffe was broken and Hitler called off Operation Sealion, the proposed invasion of England. Democracy had been saved for the world.
Churchill called the 2,927 pilots who had taken part ‘The Few’, and 510 perished during the battle. Only one of The Few is still alive today; 101 years old John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway DFC.
during the battle the Hawker Hurricane shot down more German aircraft than did the Supermarine Spitfire.