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WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF
"THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY"
In the summer of 1940, 2,936 pilots took part in an historic battle against the German Luftwaffe that was to become the only battle to be fought entirely in the air, this battle has become known as;
The "Battle of Britain" and the pilots as "The Few"
These brave pilots came from all walks of life, many were trained and experienced, but most had come from civilian duties to become fighter pilots with RAF Fighter Command. During that battle which lasted almost four months, 544 of them would lose their lives, many of them killed in action, while others were never to be heard of again, and officially listed as missing in action. The Battle of Britain was a prelude to the German invasion of Great Britain which after just four months had to be abandoned because of the dedication, courage and tenacity of those 2,936 pilots, who, against a formidable and experienced foe and against all odds, fought only for success.
The great victory that they fought for
MUST NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
We honour those pilots, and their names appear on this website "Roll of Honour".
Germany planned to make an invasion of Great Britain, but to do this the Luftwaffe had to destroy RAF Fighter Command before the German invasion forces could make the channel crossing. What was to follow was to become known in history as "The Battle of Britain"
Section of the London
Battle of Britain Monument
As the years have passed, and we should not lose sight of the fact that the Battle of Britain took place over sixty-five years ago, so those Battle of Britain aircrew that survived, not only the great battle itself, but the Second World War have, over the years passed from our midst. But many, have survived the years and are now living in various parts of the world. They have been able to see the great changes that have been taking place the world over. But they have seen, that the Second World War, like the Great War, was not the war to end all wars. Many managed to see the great victory that they fought for, but at such a young age they often watched as the enemy fell to the power of their guns, they saw man kill man and many of the friends that they made in this short period often left another empty chair at the dinner table. But, what they have seen post war was the evolution of the fighter aircraft from the all manual operated Hurricane and Spitfire to the hi technology that goes in the fighter aircraft of today.
Whatever your reasons for arriving at our website, it would be after all, because you have an interest in that great historical event we now know as the Battle of Britain. We invite you to browse through our website to learn about our aims and our current and future programs. This is the part that we, as a Society play in keeping that memory of the Battle of Britain and the aircrew that participated alive. The Battle of Britain was so important to the future of the world that it must never be forgotten, and as you browse through these pages you will be informed as to how our Society has been achieving this.
We hope that we have presented our aims to you well enough that you may consider becoming a member and receiving the many benefits that we have to offer. Naturally the majority of members reside in the United Kingdom and these would naturally have access to the many events and offers that we have. But the Society also boasts hundreds of members residing all over the world, and it is these members that understand that worldwide membership gives us strength, and the contributions that they make are all going to give us strength to further our cause in keeping the memory of the Battle of Britain alive and honouring all those aircrew that took part.
"We do not want to be remembered as heroes, we only ask to be remembered for what we did....that's all"
W/C Robert "Bob" Doe British 234 & 238 Squadrons Fighter Command
"I regard it as a privilege to fight for all those things that make life worth living - freedom, honour and fair play"
PERPETUATING THE MEMORY
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