The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will be marked on September 15. Although the battle was waged during World War II throughout the summer and autumn of 1940, Battle of Britain Day was chosen to mark the turning point of the aerial engagement, which was one of the most pivotal moments of the entire war.
There have already been a number of events commemorating the 75thanniversary of the Battle of Britain. On August 18, aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over the southeast of England in memory of Britain’s ‘Hardest Day’ – the day when both sides suffered their heaviest air casualties of the whole campaign.
By September, the Luftwaffe’s focus had changed from RAF airfields and bases to major cities. On 15 September, a huge wave of bombers was sent towards London but after intense fighting, RAF Fighter Command stemmed the German raids and Germany was forced to postpone Operation Sea Lion – the planned invasion of the British Isles.
There will be a number of events marking Battle of Britain Day throughout the UK, which will be open to veterans, relatives and members of the public.
On the day itself, the RAF Association is holding its main commemorative service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. There will be other memorial services up and down the country.
There will be a Battle of Britain flypast at Goodwood, West Sussex on September 18, while the weekend of Saturday September 19 and Sunday September 20 will see the Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show hosted at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire.
Other events include a BBC Radio 2 concert from Biggin Hill in London, which will also be screened live in cinemas across the UK on September 18. The same venue will also see a special screening of a new Battle of Britain film the next day.