Battle of Britain

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. History

Battle of Britain London Monument

Battle of Britain London Monument

Battle of Britain 79th Anniversary

Sunday, September 15, 2019
at 10:00 a.m.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Pkwy, Ottawa, ON

Vintage aircraft fly by weather permitting

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Battle of Britain: Did you know?

On September 15, the Germans launched a massive attack but, although the fighting was fierce, the Royal Air Force (RAF), using new tactics, was victorious.

Two days later, Hitler postponed the invasion; he never again considered it seriously. By the end of September, the Battle of Britain came to an end without fanfare. It was the first military confrontation won by air power and Germany’s first defeat in the war.

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In a 1935 photograph taken at 3 Flying Training School, RAF Grantham in Lincolnshire, England, newly enrolled Royal Air Force airman Kirkpatrick MacLure Sclanders stands for posterity.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Pilot Officer Kirkpatrick MacLure Sclanders

New Brunswicker Pilot Officer Kirkpatrick MacLure Sclanders joined the Royal Air Force, became ill, was released, and rejoined to serve in the Battle of Britain as a Hurricane pilot with 242 (Canadian) Squadron.
August 28, 2015

Flying Officer James Arthur Walker in uniform in an undated photograph.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Squadron Leader James Arthur “Johnnie” Walker

During the Battle of Britain, Flying Officer James Arthur Walker received the Distinguished Flying Cross. The citation reads, in part, that he “…has displayed magnificent courage in the face of superior numbers of enemy aircraft.”
August 26, 2015

Pilot Officer George Corbett relaxes in uniform in this undated photograph.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Pilot Officer George Henry Corbett

Eighteen-year-old George Corbett joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve while attending school in England. At 20, Pilot Officer Corbett was engaging the Luftwaffe over England.
August 19, 2015

Pilot Officer John Blandford Latta.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Pilot Officer John Blandford Latta

John Blandford Latta was a salmon fisherman on the West Coast of Canada, complete with his own trawler, when he decided to take a crack at becoming a flyer in the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1939.
August 12, 2015

Fight Lieutenant Jean-Paul Desloges waves from his aircraft on January 22, 1941.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Wing Commander Jean-Paul Joseph Desloges

Although Wing Commander Jean-Paul Joseph Desloges, born in Gatineau, Québec, survived the Battle of Britain, he died on May 8, 1944, in a plane crash in Morocco, one year to the day before the war ended in Europe.
August 4, 2015

A Spitfire at rest on May 22, 1943, in an unknown location. “The Spitfire was difficult to taxi,” Flying Officer Young said, “for the long nose rose at a sharp angle when on the ground, and one had to weave from side to side to ensure that all was clear ahead.”

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Flying Officer J. Stewart “Stew” Young

For Young, the Battle of Britain was a period of seemingly endless patrols interspersed with the occasional chase of an enemy aircraft as his squadron protected vital shipping, and Falmouth and Plymouth harbours.
July 27, 2015

Pilot Officer John Ronald “Jack” Urwin-Mann.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Pilot Officer Jack Urwin-Mann

Battle of Britain ace Pilot Officer John Ronald “Jack” Urwin-Mann received the Distinguished Flying Cross on November 26, 1940. The citation reads, in part, “This officer has displayed initiative and dash in his many engagements against the enemy.”
July 20, 2015

Pilot Officer Joseph Émile Paul Larichelière.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Pilot Officer Joseph Émile Paul Larichelière

In just four short days during the Battle of Britain, Pilot Officer Larichelière scored his first victory, became an "ace" and met his death.
July 15, 2015

A silver coin depicting a Canadian aviator’s action in the Battle of Britain has been chosen by the Royal Canadian Mint to launch its Second World War Battlefront Series of coins.

ARCHIVED - New coin commemorates Canadians in the Battle of Britain

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched its Second World War Battlefront Series of coins with a silver coin commemorating the role Canadian aviators played in the Battle of Britain.
March 18, 2015

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Battle of Britain Sunday observed across Canada

More than 100 courageous young Canadians made their way to the south of England in early 1940 to join with like-minded young men from Commonwealth nations around the globe in a battle that would shape the world.
October 16, 2014

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