Sunday, 14 August 2022

Battle of Britain marked with fly past

A FLYPAST was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

A FLYPAST was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Six Spitfires and Hurricanes flew over Henley and South Oxfordshire yesterday afternoon after being delayed for more than two hours due to bad weather.

The Hawker Hurricanes and four Supermarine Spitfires were part of a squadron of about 40 Second World War aircraft that took to the skies to commemorate ?The Few? who fought in the battle that was crucial in ending the war.

Children at local schools marked the occasion.

At Rupert House School in Henley pupils gathered in the garden with flags and bunting and waved at the planes as they flew overhead.

Year five pupils then read out facts about the history of the Battle of Britain.

Headteacher Clare Lynas said: ?We are very much about British heritage and were keen to bring history to life by understanding more about the Battle of Britain.

?Last week we also celebrated the Queen?s reign and all sang the national anthem.?

Pupils also listened to a talk from art teacher Rosie Brook, whose father was involved in the Battle of Britain.

At RAF Benson Community Primary School children dressed in clothes from the era.

The Battle of Britain was the first decisive battle in history to be fought entirely in the air.

From May to September 1940 Luftwaffe attacks moved away from the coast and shipping targets to RAF airfields and associated infrastructure.

But a strategic response and great bravery and skill from the RAF pilots gave Britain an advantage and Germany was unable to achieve its objective of destroying UK air defences.

In his famous speech prime minister Winston Churchill spoke of the sacrifices made during this period, saying ?Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.?

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