The Battle of Britain was fought between the RAF and the Luftwaffe over the summer and autumn of 1940. which officially ended on the 15th September 1940, and the Sunday after is traditionallly Battle of Britain Sunday
On Sunday, 15 September 1940, the Luftwaffe launched its largest and most concentrated attack against London, with the aim of drawing the RAF into a battle which would lead to its annihilation. The outcome did not go as planned and RAF Fighter Command defeated the Luftwaffe and in the aftermath of the raid, Hitler postponed Operation Sea Lion, the proposed invasion of Britian. Subsequently the Luftwaffe proceeded with the night Blitz which they carried through until May 1941.
The RAF lost 544 Fighter Command Pilots along with 280 Coastal command and 718 Bomber Command Aircrew, 422 aircrew where injured and 1,744 where destroyed The Germans lost 2,585 aircrew who where listed as Killed or Missing in action 735 where wounded and they lost 1,977 aircraft, and the Civil population was 90,000 British civilians where listed as casualties and of those there where 44,000 fatalities.
The Royal Air Force have continued to mark the importance of the action in which in the words of the then Prime Minister Winston Churchill said “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” with the formation of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain memorial Flight which initially operates a fleet of Spitfire and Hurricane fighters now based at RAF Conningsby they along with the fighters operate a Lancaster Bomber and Dakotas for the purpose of keeping the war time actions of the RAF in the public eye.
So this Sunday let us not forget the few, but remember those who died both the British civilians and the RAF aircrew but also those Germanic aircrew who died.