Sunday, September 16, 2007

War Stories: Battle of Britain Remembered

My brief transit through the UK has reminded me that it's the anniversary of one of the most critical battles of World War II. The Battle of Britain was fought in the skies over the South of England throughtout the summer and autumn of 1940. The peak of the battle is generally regarded as ocurring on September 15th -a day in which nearly 300 German aircraft were shot down by the RAF's frighteningly minimal squadrons of Spitfire and Hurricane fighters. The Luftwaffe's losses were unsustainable and the following day their attacks virtually ceased. Operation Sealion, Hitler's plans for the invasion of Britain, were postponed indefinitely. Here's a few photos lest we forget that turbulent time 67 years ago:
Spitfires Scramble
A Spitfire squadron scrambles
Bomber  over Surrey Docks
Heinkel bomber over the Surrey Docks, London
tower bridge blitz
London burning
Vapour trails over StPauls
Vapour trails over St. Paul's Cathedral
Crashed Heinkel
Heinkel bomber crash landed at Findon, West Sussex.

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