Battle of Britain

2017 Ceremonies

National Ceremony
Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport at 10 a.m.

The Battle of Britain was recognized almost immediately as a significant event. Waged from July to October 1940, it pitted a small group of fighter pilots from around the world against a far larger Luftwaffe. Their victory gave hope to the people of Great Britain and to other freedom-loving nations... About the Battle of Britain.


Battle of Britain London Monument

Battle of Britain London Monument

Battle of Britain: Did you know?

In late August, Allied forces began dropping bombs on Berlin in retaliation for an accidental Luftwaffe bombing of London. A furious Hitler ordered massive bombing attacks on British cities, and the Blitz began on September 7. But as bombs rained down on London, the shift in targets turned Luftwaffe attention from airfields and ground elements of the air defence system. More importantly, the change allowed Fighter Command to have more warning of Luftwaffe attacks and to be better prepared.

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