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News Article / March 18, 2015

From RCAF Public Affairs

In mid-1940, Nazi Germany launched an aerial campaign to soften Great Britain in preparation for invasion. The Luftwaffe had no idea just how hard that campaign would become.

More than 100 Canadians were among the aviators who arrived in southern England from Commonwealth nations around the world. From July to October, 23 Canadians were killed in the first battle ever waged entirely in the air. The Battle of Britain not only put an end to the Nazi intent to invade Great Britain, but inspired Allied Forces throughout the war and thereafter.

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.

The coin depicts a dogfight in the sky above England’s southeastern coast. A Canadian pilot ascends in his Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft after leaving a Luftwaffe Dornier Do 17Z with dark smoke billowing from one of its engines. Far below, the English Channel meets the White Cliffs of Dover.

The Second World War Battlefront Series of coins will depict scenes from key battles in which Canadians participated during the Second World War.

With thanks to the Royal Canadian Mint for the use of its images. Coin images© 2015 Royal Canadian Mint. All rights reserved.

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