"The Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin. … Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their finest hour."
Winston Churchill: June 1940
Join us in summer September 2020 in England for our amazing and truly historic premium aviation battlefield tour for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain (BoB) - reliving and remembering the Battle of Britain in August/September of 1940, when the fate of the free world hung in the balance, as 'the few' - as the under-manned RAF pilots (with their supporting ground crew) - took on the might of the Luftwaffe in their Spitfires and Hurricanes - and against all odds - won. A pivotal and incredibly historic battle that changed the course of the war - and the future of the free world – enabling us to enjoy the freedoms we have today.
"The fighter pilots whom Prime Minister Churchill dubbed "the few" were made of over 2,300 pilots and air crew from Great Britain and approximately 574 personal from overseas. All pilots flew at least one authorized operational sortie with an eligible unit of the Royal Air Force or Fleet Air Arm from July 10 to October 31 1940 and were awarded the Battle of Britain clasp to the 1939-45 Star.
Allied pilots and ground-crew who fought in the Battle of Britain and in Europe during WW2 included not only participants from all the Commonwealth countries (including Australians, Canadians, (*Including a Newfoundlander) New Zealanders, South Africans but also *Poles, (*famous Polish 302 & 303 fighter squadrons) Czechs, Belgians, French, Irish, **Americans, (**Eagle Squadrons - did not fly in the Battle of Britain - but flew with Fighter Command prior to the US entry into WW2) as well as a Jamaican, a Southern Rhodesian and a flyer from the Palestinian Protectorate. It is estimated that over five hundred and forty allied pilots lost their lives in the battle.
The Battle of Britain was directed by the extraordinary command and control system based on the new secret radar interception system - with Air Vice Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding a major force in implementing this system, along with the pioneering work of Major General Ashmore for the system - and supported by NZ born Air Chief Marshall Sir Keith Park - who controlled the day to day air battles defending London and the Home counties.
This historic WW2 80th anniversary Battle of Britain Tour in 2020 (Link to our Facebook 'Battle of Britain' Tour Image Library here) tour is a 'once in a lifetime event', including such premium inclusions such as the very special 'invitation only' 'Battle of Britain' service at Westminster Abbey in London and the '80th Anniversary Battle of Britain Air Show' at Duxford.
Visits are also made to many of the WW2 Commonwealth fighter squadrons and locations in and around London and England. Most meals are also included, including a gala farewell dinner with a prestigious celebrity speaker at famous service club in London.
This commemorative '80th Anniversary Battle of Britain' tour is primarily designed and especially researched to follow the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and other Commonwealth pilots and crew who played such a pivotal role in Fighter and Coastal Command in Britain during the war.
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