Despatches

The picture that tells the story of the Battle of Britain

The picture that tells the story of the Battle of Britain

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

By DEREK JOHNSON – ITV – 15 September 2015 The famous photo shows eight pilots from 501 Squadron during the Battle of Britain Credit: Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge. In many ways it sums up the entire battle: Its drama and intensity but also the astonishing fighting spirt and camaraderie of the men who […]

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Why the unsung Hurricane is the true ace of the Battle of Britain

Why the unsung Hurricane is the true ace of the Battle of Britain

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Our forgotten freedom fighter: Why the unsung Hurricane is the true ace of the Battle of Britain Michael Bywater – 8 July 2010 – www.independent.co.uk It took a lot of muscle to haul her round the sky. Burnt to cinders – like a match. It would do what you wanted it to do. Pure joy. Like flying […]

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One Belgian fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain

One Belgian fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Van Den HOVE d’ERTSENRYCK, ALBERT EMMANUEL. Pilot Officer, 83699. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 15 September 1940. Aged 32. 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron. Hawker Hurricane P2760 Buried Pelouse d’Honneur, Cimetière de Bruxelles à Evere, Avenue du Cimetière de Bruxelles, B-1140 Brussels, Belgium. Grave Ref: Row 2. Grave 13. Commemorated on the Battle of […]

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THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: August 18, 1940

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: August 18, 1940

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: August 18, 1940 – Kent remembers the Hardest Day 10:13 18 August 2015 Tim Miles – kentnews.co.uk It was the most intense day of fighting in the Battle of Britain with the skies over Kent the scene of what went on to become known as the Hardest Day. SUNDAY, August 18, 1940, […]

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Recollections of the Battle of Britain: The Few

Recollections of the Battle of Britain: The Few

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

By of Kieran Fox – BBC News 2010 Exactly 70 years ago war-time leader Winston Churchill stood up and addressed parliament to hail the efforts of the aircrew who were fighting overhead. 501 Squadron – Wg Cmdr Paul Farnes (4th from left) “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many […]

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Battle of Britain survivors – Hurricane pilots tell their story

Battle of Britain survivors – Hurricane pilots tell their story

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Battle of Britain survivors: ‘It was shoot or be shot’ By Andrew Alderson and David Harrison (28 Jun 2010) telegraph.co.uk Bill Green, born April 23, 1917… It was shortly after 6pm on August 29 1940 when Sgt Bill Green and his fellow Hurricane pilots were “scrambled” from RAF Gravesend in Kent to tackle incoming German aircraft. Ironically, […]

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Pilots remember the Battle of Britain

Pilots remember the Battle of Britain

Friday, July 10th, 2015

‘Every day this huge black cloud headed our way … it looked like a storm but was hundreds of aircraft’ BY JOHN NICHOL – 9 JUL 2015 – www.mirror.co.uk During the long summer of 1940, the Battle Of Britain was raging in the skies over England and Nazi invaders were poised to pounce on their final prize […]

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