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MEDIA RELEASE: The RAF marks "Battle of Britain Day" in the 80th year since the battle

LONDON, UK / AGILITYPR.NEWS / September 15, 2020 /

15 Sept 2020

This week the Royal Air Force will be celebrating and commemorating the Battle of Britain, with a special series of products and events marking the 80th anniversary of this crucial Battle.



Today the RAF has released imagery of a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire flying alongside a Texan T1 of 72 Squadron. 72 Squadron, stationed at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, delivers advanced flying training to Royal Navy and RAF fast jet aircrew trainees. They were one of few Squadrons to fly Spitfires throughout all of World War Two.

From today until 21 September 2020, alternate Union and RAF Ensign flags will fly on The Mall, while the Queen’s Colour Squadron will represent the Royal Air Force by conducting Public Duties at Her Majesty’s Palaces in London. 

A special episode of The National Archives’ podcast series, On the Record at The National Archives¸ has been released today. This episode, called Untold Battle of Britain, was co-produced by the RAF, The National Archives, and the RAF Museum. It focuses on lesser-known figures from the Battle of Britain, to highlight the variety of people who contributed to the Battle.

In the episode, Vicky Iglikowski-Broad (The National Archives) reveals the bravery of three women who kept contact lines open while their airbase was under fire. Lucia Wallbank (RAF Museum) tells the story of Mahinder Singh Pujji and Vincent Bunting, two of the many pilots from overseas who enlisted to fight, while Squadron Leader Mandy Singleton (RAF) highlights the engineers who maintained the planes and kept pilots safe.

On Sunday 20 September 2020, there will be a unique symbolic service to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this service will be significantly reduced in stature but not in spirit or poignancy.  This service will include senior ministerial, military, and diplomatic attendance. For more information on arrangements for this service, including times and attendees, please contact Victoria Ribbans.

Included in this package are several non-branded animations, which tell the story of the men and women across the United Kingdom and international community that contributed to the Allied victory in the Battle of Britain. These animations can be used by media outlets under the Open Government Licence.

These animations highlight the important role played by radar, the ‘Dowding System’ – the ingenious air defence network which gave the RAF an information advantage, the vital role played by aircraft factories, why the RAF used barrage balloons, and the non-British aircrew who volunteered to fly for the RAF during the Battle.

The Battle of Britain took place between 10 July to 31 October 1940. On 15 September 1940 the Luftwaffe launched a massive assault in the skies over Britain. It was a day of heavy fighting, and the Luftwaffe suffered significant casualties. It was a decisive defeat for the Luftwaffe, and since then this date has been celebrated as ‘Battle of Britain Day’.

544 RAF aircrew were killed during the Battle of Britain. 312 RAF personnel were killed on the ground, as RAF stations were often targets for Luftwaffe bombing. It was the first major battle fought entirely in the air, and the first military defeat suffered by Nazi Germany.


Videos available:

  1. Dowding System animation
  2. International contribution animation
  3. Radar animation
  4. Barrage balloons animation
  5. Aircraft factories animation  

The animations available in this package are all in square format. For alternative formats (landscape or portrait) please contact Charlie Haines via the below details.

For more information on the Battle of Britain 80 campaign please contact:

Name: Charlie Haines

Email: charlie.haines103@mod.gov.uk

Tel: 07866 852853

For more information on the Westminster Abbey Service please contact: 

Name: Victoria Ribbans

Email: victoria.ribbans@westminster-abbey.org

Tel: 07739 899 969