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  • Nazi warplane lying off UK coast is intact (Rare Find)

    04/08/2011 2:04:41 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 13 replies
    Reuters via yahoo.com ^ | 4/8/2011 | Stefano Ambrogi
    LONDON (Reuters) – A rare World War Two German bomber, shot down over the English Channel in 1940 and hidden for years by shifting sands at the bottom of the sea, is so well preserved a British museum wants to raise it. The Dornier 17 -- thought to be world's last known example -- was hit as it took part in the Battle of Britain. It ditched in the sea just off the Kent coast, southeast England, in an area known as the Goodwin Sands. The plane came to rest upside-down in 50 feet of water and has become partially...
  • The last of the glorious Few 70 years on: (profiles of remaining airmen of the Battle of Britain)

    09/19/2010 3:41:09 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 27 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 19th September 2010 | By Ian Gallagher and Keri Sutherland
    They are the glorious Few, the airmen whose extraordinary bravery saved Britain from Nazi invasion. Seventy years on, the heroes who repelled Hitler’s Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain are a dwindling band – it is thought only 79, all recorded on this article, are still alive. Today a special anniversary service at Westminster Abbey will remember the efforts of all those who took part in the pivotal encounter, arguably the most important ever fought by this nation. Aces in the pack: Flanked by Spitfires and Hurricanes at Duxford, 17 of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots line up...
  • The Few's royal salute: A tear from Charles as pilot Wills meets a flying hero from the past

    09/19/2010 3:42:30 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 39 replies
    Prince Charles wiped away a tear yesterday as some of the last of the Few marched past him during a service to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Six frail RAF veterans passed by carrying the roll of honour containing the names of just under 3,000 air crew who prevented a Nazi invasion in 1940. Charles, who is patron of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, sat beside the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince William, who has just graduated as an RAF helicopter pilot, at Westminster Abbey. Commander Bob Foster, one of only 70 surviving members of...
  • Winston Churchill's 'Few' speech marks Battle of Britain's 70th anniversary

    08/21/2010 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Stoat · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 20, 2010
    Under a slate grey sky, the words of Winston Churchill rang defiantly around Westminster: 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.' It may be 70 years old, but the resounding call to arms during the Battle of Britain still stiffened the sinew bringing pride and not a few tears yesterday. Churchill's famous address was delivered by actor Robert Hardy at 3.52pm  -  exactly the time they were originally spoken in Parliament by the wartime Prime Minister on August 20, 1940.   Former fighter pilots, Churchill's daughter Lady Soames and...
  • Battle of Britain Online Game

    08/01/2010 2:22:41 PM PDT · by lizol · 15 replies · 4+ views
    Battle of Britain (Luftschlacht um England) was one of the most famous battles of World War Two. Take control of a Polish airmen of the 303 Squadron during World War II. Play with friends or fight against other human opponents in multiplayer mode. Use arrow keys to control your plane and press Z to increase to full throttle. Press X to fire machine guns. Much fun with Battle of Britain.
  • Battle Of Britain, 70 Years Ago - Stunning Pics

    So, not much text necessary... enjoy, think, and remember!
  • Luftwaffe fighter ace reunited with Bf 109

    07/18/2010 6:41:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 7/18/2010 | Craig Hoyle
    The UK's 70th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Britain attracted an unusual visitor to the Royal International Air Tattoo: a rare Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter. Owned by EADS, the aircraft is one of only a handful of the more than 34,000 Bf 109-class fighters produced which remain airworthy. Also known as "Red Seven", the aircraft was built in 1958 and served with the Spanish air force until 1965, before later taking a starring role in the 1969 film The Battle of Britain. Now carrying Luftwaffe markings, the Bf 109 was due to mark the anniversary by flying in formation...
  • "Their Finest Hour"

    07/10/2010 8:43:00 PM PDT · by Sparky1776 · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 14, 2007 | UKmatt89
    The Battle of Britain - 10 July 1940 - 31 Oct 1940
  • The LuftRAFfe: British pilot and German navigator share Tornado in first-ever join combat flights

    04/05/2010 12:53:14 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 558+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4/04/2010 | Christopher Leake
    An RAF pilot and an aviator from the Luftwaffe have flown together on a combat mission for the first time since Britain and Germany were bitter Second World War enemies. The two airmen joined forces in the skies above Afghanistan in the war against the Taliban. Last night, the Ministry of Defence confirmed that an RAF flight lieutenant had piloted a Tornado GR4 supersonic jet with a German navigator behind him in the cockpit. The Luftwaffe major - the equivalent of a squadron leader in the RAF - speaks perfect English and is said to have fitted in well with...
  • An insult to The Few: Defence cuts could ground the Battle of Britain flight

    01/14/2010 4:49:37 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies · 386+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14th January 2010 | Ian Drury
    The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight faces the axe as the Ministry of Defence attempts to close a £6billion hole in its finances. Senior RAF sources have warned that the flight could be cut on 'cost grounds' as the MoD is forced to make drastic savings in the next defence review. This year is the Battle of Britain's 70th anniversary and yesterday MPs and veterans' groups described the threat to the flight as a 'crying shame' and an insult to the fighter pilots - 'The Few' - who defended Britain against the German Luftwaffe. Every year hundreds of thousands of...
  • The secret fuel that made the Spitfire supreme

    05/29/2009 5:03:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies · 2,431+ views
    Royal Society of Chemistry ^ | 13 May 2009 | Brian Emsley
    In the year that sees the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, a previously untold story has emerged of how, through a "miracle" chemical breakthrough, Spitfire and Hurricane fighters gained the edge over German fighters to win the Battle of Britain. An American scientist and author has claimed that the famed pair of war-winning aeroplanes gained superior altitude, manoeuvrability and rate of climb by a revolutionary high-octane fuel supplied to Britain by the USA just in time for the battle. Books, documentaries, and movies have chronicled the brilliant contribution of UK designers and engineers behind the...
  • 'The Few' are remembered by the many

    09/17/2007 3:42:31 PM PDT · by Rikstir · 9 replies · 116+ views
    uk MoD ^ | 17 Sept 07 | uk MoD
    As the sun shone across London this weekend a number of events were taking place to commemorate the Battle of Britain, veterans standing shoulder to shoulder with serving military figures and civilians to remember their comrades who battled so doggedly for their country during the summer of 1940 and throughout World War II. A permanent reminder of the debt owed to 'The Few' was revealed on Saturday 15 September 2007 in Westminster when the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Fighter Association unveiled the Battle of Britain Heritage Walk. The 45 minute walk links five sites of significance to...
  • 1940: Luftwaffe launches Battle of Britain (this day in history)

    07/09/2007 11:10:03 PM PDT · by fishhound · 1 replies · 485+ views
    BBC ^ | July 10,2007 | na
    1940: Luftwaffe launches Battle of Britain The German Air Force, the Luftwaffe, has mounted a series of attacks on shipping convoys off the south-east coast of England. It is the first major assault by the Luftwaffe and is being seen as what the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, dubbed in a speech three weeks ago as the beginning of the "Battle of Britain". Although heavily outnumbered, the British fighter pilots put up a fierce fight and succeeded in driving off the attackers. The Air Ministry says they inflicted "the greatest damage on the German air force since bombing raids on this...
  • Hasty Harry: Smith Claims NIE Report Says Iraq War a 'Failure'

    09/27/2006 5:23:01 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies · 809+ views
    Early Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein September 27, 2006 - 08:05 "Good morning, this is Harry Smith reporting from London today, June 10th, 1940. With Luftwaffe pilots now brazenly carrying out daylight bombing raids on London, it's clear that Britain's war against Nazism is a failure." Judging by his take on Iraq, that's presumably how Harry would have reported matters had he been around during the dark days of WWII. Fortunately, Churchill was there: "Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and...
  • Wing Commander ‘Grumpy’ Unwin — obituary

    06/29/2006 6:27:43 PM PDT · by dighton · 16 replies · 647+ views
    Wing Commander George “Grumpy” Unwin, who has died aged 93, was one of the most successful fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain and was twice awarded the DFM; he was one of only 60 men to receive the double award during the Second World War.In August 1938 Unwin was a sergeant pilot serving on No 19 Squadron when it became the first to receive the Spitfire. He was one of the original RAF pilots to fly the new fighter and, in the early days, he flew regularly as Douglas Bader’s wingman.No 19 was heavily engaged during the Dunkirk crisis...
  • Battle of Britain Hero Dies

    06/28/2005 12:31:35 PM PDT · by scotslad · 31 replies · 1,655+ views
    A Second World War fighter pilot who saved Buckingham Palace from a direct hit has died at the age of 90, it was announced today. Sergeant Ray Holmes saved the palace when a German Dornier bomber lined up to attack it on September 15, 1940. Mr Holmes, from Wirral, Merseyside, spotted the Dornier making its approach but had run out of ammunition. So the pilot from 504 Squadron used his Hurricane to slice through the tail of the intruder. He then parachuted to safety, while his plane crashed into Buckingham Palace Road and the German bomber plunged into part of...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Hurricanes vs Spitfires (1936-1945) - Jan.27th, 2005

    01/26/2005 9:31:54 PM PST · by SAMWolf · 114 replies · 1,852+ views
    Aviation History. | November 1994 | David Alan Johnson
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should...
  • Polish Battle of Britain Fighter Ace Dies

    11/12/2004 1:53:46 PM PST · by Lukasz · 44 replies · 1,499+ views
    Scotsman ^ | Fri 12 Nov 2004
    General Stanislaw Skalski, Poland’s top fighter ace from the Second World War and a participant in the Battle of Britain, died today in a Warsaw military hospital, a military spokesman said. He was 89. Serving in the Polish air force, Skalski shot down a German reconnaissance plane on September 1, 1939, the day Nazi Germany started the war by invading Poland. Some historians credit him with the first aerial victory against the Germans, although another pilot also scored one at around the same time. Poland was soon overwhelmed, and Skalski fled for Britain and joined the Royal Air Force’s No...
  • IT WILL BE THE DEATH OF LIBERALISM

    10/09/2004 9:03:45 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 66 replies · 3,892+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2004 | RAYMOND S. KRAFT
    It Will Be the Death of Liberalism Written by Raymond Kraft Sunday, October 10, 2004 It Will Be the Death of Liberalism Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and defeat, and had sunk more than four hundred British ships in their convoys between England and America for food and war materials. Bushido Japan had overrun most of Asia, beginning in 1928, killing millions of civilians throughout China, and impressing millions more as slave labor. The United States was in an isolationist and pacifist mood, and most Americans...
  • Archaeologists Dig Up World War II Plane

    05/31/2004 6:16:20 AM PDT · by numberonepal · 28 replies · 3,922+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | May 31, 2004 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    LONDON (AP) - Archaeologists said Monday that they have unearthed parts of a World War II fighter plane that crashed after downing a German bomber near Buckingham Palace. Archaeologist Christopher Bennett said the plane's engine and control panel were located late Sunday during excavations in Buckingham Palace Road in the center of the capital. The Battle of Britain was raging over the skies of London when pilot Ray Holmes spotted the German Dornier bomber on Sept. 15, 1940. Historians believe the German plane may have been on a mission to destroy Buckingham Palace. Holmes had run out of ammunition so...
  • Squadron Leader Mike Cooper-Slipper (obituary)

    03/21/2004 5:50:13 PM PST · by dighton · 31 replies · 361+ views
    Squadron Leader Mike Cooper-Slipper, who has died aged 83, was a 19-year-old fighter pilot whose most spectacular “kill” during the Battle of Britain occurred when his ammunition ran out.On September 15 1940, he was flying a Hurricane during an engagement with a wave of German bombers and fighters. As he broke away, he saw three more Dornier 17 bombers in a loose formation, and immediately turned towards them. He attacked one, but quickly ran out of ammunition.His aircraft was hit repeatedly by return fire from the bomber’s gunner. With his own cannon useless, Cooper-Slipper decided that the only course of...
  • Group Captain John Peel -- obituary

    01/15/2004 5:22:51 PM PST · by dighton · 16 replies · 246+ views
    Group Captain John Peel, who has died aged 92, was credited with firing the first shots of the Battle of Britain, in which he commanded a Hurricane fighter squadron.Peel was already an experienced regular officer when, in July 1940, he was appointed to command No 145 Squadron, based at Tangmere on the south coast. Shortly after his arrival, he shared in the destruction of a Dornier bomber.Four days later he was leading his squadron against a force of enemy bombers when his aircraft was hit by return fire. Despite serious damage to his Hurricane, he pursued an enemy bomber 25...
  • Sept 7, 1940 German Planes Raid London All Day British Bomb Berlin Starting Fires Riots In Rumania

    09/06/2002 10:58:14 PM PDT · by swarthyguy · 10 replies · 689+ views
    NewYork Times ^ | September 7, 1940 | James B. Reston
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  • Air Commodore 'Micky' Mount -- obituary

    08/04/2002 6:08:22 PM PDT · by dighton · 4 replies · 308+ views
    Air Commodore ‘Micky’ Mount, who died on July 23 aged 88, fought as a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain before commanding a bomber squadron in the North African desert; later he became a solicitor.Mount was serving as personal assistant to Air Vice-Marshal R E Saul, commander of Fighter Command’s No 13 Group, when in June 1940 he was posted to No 602 (City of Glasgow) squadron at Drem, East Lothian, then ordered south to reinforce the hard-pressed No 11 Group.Mount was eating lunch of spam and baked potatoes when 602 was scrambled from Westhampnett, near Goodwood race course,...