Saturday 10 July 2010

Battle of Britain

July 1940 marked the start of the Battle of Britain when the German Luftwaffe attempted to gain air superiority over the south of England and the Channel.  A great deal of the action was centred on the south east corner of Kent whcih became known as Hellfire Corner. 

The memorial on the card, one I bought myself last year, commemorates the squadrons who took part.    Top left is the flagpole from RAF Biggin Hill.  Top right is a statue of Bob the Dog.  Bottom right is the South Kent College Memorial Wall, and bottom left is the main memorial depicting a pilot sitting at the centre of a massive three-bladed propeller, looking out over the English Channel.  Squadron badges surround the base.

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
~ Winston Churchill


  1. Sheila both my parents were wartime RAF (ground crew) so I always enjoy stuff about the Battle of Britain.

    Despite the seriousness of the situation they told me tales when I was young about the fun they had although they also talked about the sadness they felt when pilot friends failed to return.

  2. My mother-in-law remembered watching dog fights in the skies over Kent - unimaginable now.


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