2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain
On September 15th 1940 the German Luftwaffe launched its largest and most concentrated attack on London
Defending England were the Hurricanes and Spitfires of the RAF
Fighter Command was outnumbered
Ranged against the Spitfire was the bf 109
this action was the climax of the Battle of Britain, commemorated every September 15th as Battle of Britain Day
the memorial flight includes Hurricanes, Spitfires, and a single Avro Lancaster
all through the battle and the following blitz St. Paul’s Cathedral remained safe
Oddly enough, the English don’t celebrate U.S. Independence on the 4th of July. Or perhaps, not so oddly, since it was us your forefathers wanted to be independent from.
On July 4th 1776 the 13 American colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, and thereby regarded themselves as no longer part of the British Empire.
From time to time we English have fought hard for our independence too.
Funny how people never realise just what they’ve got until it’s gone.