Sunday, September 12, 2010

Battle Of Britain Commemorations ...

Who doesn't recognise this silhouette?

It's the instantly identifiable Supermarine Spitfire, of course, known by every Englishman and woman as the plane that won the Battle Of Britain (with the Hawker Hurricane, naturally.) at the hands of 'the few'

I think it's wonderful that even now, 70 years on, with so few left alive that were there at the time, we still know this aircraft just from it's silouette.

Battle of Britain Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in September (today) every year, and especially so this year, the 70th Anniversary.

We haven't forgotten.

The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. All our hearts go out to the fighter pilots, whose brilliant actions we see with our own eyes day after day.
 - Sir Winston Churchill, 20 August 1940