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: 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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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

Bombing up Westland Lysander of No. 110 Army Cooperation Squadron on August 15, 1940.

The Battle of Britain: Army Cooperation Squadrons

There were two Canadian squadrons present in Great Britain during the Battle of Britain whose activities and support are hardly ever mentioned: No. 110 and No. 112 Army Cooperation Squadrons.
September 18, 2014

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Battle of Britain parade honours the dwindling few

The national Battle of Britain parade held in Ottawa on September 15, 2013, honoured the ever-dwindling number of courageous men and women who served and died in the famous Second World War air battle. 
September 18, 2013

Llewellyn William Lloyd

Profile of service: Llewellyn William Lloyd – meteorology technician

Cpl Llewellyn William Lloyd was the RCAF corporal-in-charge of the weather station at Cape Bauld, Newfoundland, in support of Second World War efforts.
September 13, 2013

F/O Peter Lochnan

Battle of Britain profile: Flying Officer Peter Lochnan

The pilots of the Battle of Britain are honoured for their efforts in turning aside the German onslaught designed to prepare the British for a German invasion. 
September 12, 2013

Norma Watts

Battle of Britain profile: Norma Zelia Watts – WAAF radio telephonist

During the Battle of Britain, Norma Zelia Watts was the ground contact for the aircrew that fought back the German Luftwaffe in the British skies.
September 12, 2013

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