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Battle of Britain Commemoration



Cenotaph, Martin Place



Thursday 15 September, 11am


This service has been cancelled following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.




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In the summer and autumn of 1940 the Royal Air Force (RAF) fought a prolonged battle in defence of Britain against an experienced and numerically superior German Luftwaffe.

This air campaign, known as the Battle of Britain, officially lasted from 10 July to 31 October 1940. The battle began with German attacks on coastal convoys in an effort to draw RAF fighters into battle. These attacks were followed by brief and unsuccessful raids on British radar installations and concerted raids against RAF airfields in southern and south-western England. Luftwaffe bombers suffered heavy losses to RAF fighters – Spitfires and Hurricanes – but fighter losses were about even.