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Biggin Hill

Battle of Britain Day 'Hangar Tour' 2021


15 September 2021

Battle of Britain Day 'Hangar Tour' - 15th September 2021

Twynhams Tours are giving you the opportunity, as part of our exclusive group, to commemorate 'Battle of Britain Day' at the most famous frontline WW2 airfield of them all, former RAF station, Biggin Hill, on the evening of 15th September 2021.

Spend the evening in the company of a squadron of Spitfires and other warbirds at historic Biggin Hill airfield

The Battle of Britain - A short history

The Battle of Britain is the most famous aerial conflict in British history, in which the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm defended the United Kingdom against large-scale attacks by Nazi Germany's air force, the Luftwaffe. It has been described as the first major military campaign fought entirely by air forces. The British officially recognise the battle as being from 10th July until 31st October 1940, which overlaps the period of large-scale night attacks known as the Blitz.

The Battle of Britain takes its name from the speech given by Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the House of Commons on 18th June: "What General Weygand called the 'Battle of France' is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin."

The primary objective of the German forces was to compel Britain to agree to a negotiated peace settlement. In July 1940, the air and sea blockade began, with the Luftwaffe mainly targeting coastal-shipping convoys, as well as ports and shipping centres such as Portsmouth. On 1st August, the Luftwaffe was directed to achieve air superiority over the RAF, with the aim of incapacitating RAF Fighter Command; 12 days later, it shifted the attacks to RAF airfields and infrastructure.

A Hawker Hurricane on standby to scramble during the Summer of 1940

As the battle progressed, the Luftwaffe also targeted factories involved in aircraft production and strategic infrastructure. On 16th July, Hitler ordered the preparation of Operation Sea Lion as a potential amphibious and airborne assault on Britain, to follow once the Luftwaffe had air superiority over the Channel. In September, RAF Bomber Command night raids disrupted the German preparation of converted barges, and the Luftwaffe's failure to overwhelm the RAF forced Hitler to postpone and eventually cancel Operation Sea Lion.

Winston Churchill summed up the battle with the words, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few". Pilots who fought in the battle have been known as 'The Few' ever since. September 15th became 'Battle of Britain Day' to commemorate the day in 1940 when the Luftwaffe embarked on their largest bombing attack yet. It forced the engagement of the entirety of the RAF in defence of London and the South East, resulting in a decisive British victory that marked a turning point in Britain's favour.