Recreating the Battle of Britain
The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world except in the abodes of the guilty goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unweakened by their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of world war by their prowess and their devotion.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Of course, the the famous lines from Sir Winston Churchill.
The Battle of Britain was the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces and it was Germany’s attempt to force Britain to negotiate a surrender. ‘The Few’ were 2,353 young men from Great Britain and 574 from overseas, both pilots and aircrew. 544 lost their lives during the the Battle, and another 791 were killed in action before the wars end. It was a major defeat for Germany and one of the turning points of the war.
The Brits have sought to honor those men in this air show (Footage from PlanesTV). It’s a much different mix of planes than we normally see over here.