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Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby sledge » Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:01 am

Today which is August 13th is the 70th Anniversary in which the British RAF halt the Luftwaffe over the skies in England and stopped the German Invasion. I saw the news story today on the TV .Also my Great Uncle was one of those pilots in the spitfire who shot down 8 German aircraft before getting shot down over the England Channel and breaking his leg.

The summer of 1940 was a dark season for Britain. The Battle of Britain — a pivotal air conflict between Britain and Germany during World War II — was being waged overhead.

In the summer of 2010, that chapter in world history is unfolding again in vivid detail in the Battle of Britain Day by Day blog.

On July 10, 1940, the Battle of Britain began with the German bombing of coastal shipping in the English Channel, triggering a major air battle. Germany's objective was to gain air superiority over Britain's Royal Air Force. It targeted shipping convoys and centers and aircraft factories. Germany's failure to achieve this goal was considered a turning point in the war.

On the battle's 70th anniversary, the historical Battle of Britain blog (http://battleofbritainblog.com) is tracking its daily progress and setbacks in the form of posts on the corresponding date in what it calls "a part contemporary, part historical record of Britain's finest hour, day by day."

The Royal Air Force Museum launched the blog in May with a few occasional posts. The daily posts started in July and will run though Oct. 31 — the date the Battle of Britain officially ended.

In a recent sampling:

"August 2, 1940

"The Luftwaffe attacked a convoy off the East coast and sank a trawler. Fighter Command intercepted several raiders and flew 477 sorties. No victories were claimed but several enemy aircraft were damaged. No RAF planes were lost but one Spitfire was burnt out."

The blogger behind all this is Tony Rudd, with help from Zoe Bagley, a researcher and historian who worked at the RAF Museum in North London, on the site of the Hendon London Aerodrome. Rudd joined the RAF in 1942 and flew as a navigator with the Second Tactical Air Force during the final year of the war.

"The Battle of Britain has always fascinated me,"he writes in the blog. "The Battle itself was remarkable in that the RAF turned out to have the resources in men and material to fight on level terms with the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe, which until then had seemed to be invincible. What the RAF did was to prevent Germany knocking us out of the War as they had France. This meant that Britain under Churchill emerged amongst the victors in 1945.

"This year, being the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, there is inevitably going to be considerable publicity about the Battle. What it meant to the British war effort, what it involved in national sacrifice and what the effect was on the outcome of the War. Considering all this and thinking about ways in which a useful contribution could be made to all this, I had the idea of creating a day by day blog.


Read the full article here
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/l ... log09.html

Watch a 52mins Documentary on the Battle of Britain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGwRAKeID-M

Not long ago i watched a documentary in which what would happen if the Germans were sucessful in invading England. Quite Interesting and possibly a different outcome of WW2.
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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby MADNOTBAD » Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:25 am

My Father was a Spitfire Pilot In the Battle of Britain Sledge.
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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby sledge » Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:11 am

MADNOTBAD wrote:My Father was a Spitfire Pilot In the Battle of Britain Sledge.


OK did he survive the battle? my uncle survived by being shot down and breaking his legs he transferred to bombers for the rest of the war. also my father's house in Liverpool UK was completely destroyed by a german bomb during the battle. Lucky his family were in a bomb shelter (my father was 4 at the time) and hardly remembers anything except no home but my aunt the eldest who was 12 years remembers what happen.
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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby MADNOTBAD » Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:55 pm

sledge wrote:
MADNOTBAD wrote:My Father was a Spitfire Pilot In the Battle of Britain Sledge.


OK did he survive the battle? my uncle survived by being shot down and breaking his legs he transferred to bombers for the rest of the war. also my father's house in Liverpool UK was completely destroyed by a german bomb during the battle. Lucky his family were in a bomb shelter (my father was 4 at the time) and hardly remembers anything except no home but my aunt the eldest who was 12 years remembers what happen.
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My Father took a serious Injury Injured during the BOB and like your Uncle was transfered to bombers after being discharged from Hospital. He survived the War dying at 80 years old.
My Mother In Law was a great lady who was bombed out of the East End of London twice by the Luftwaffe, even giving birth to my husbands brother on the Under-ground.
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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby sledge » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:33 am

My Great Uncle he still quite healthly except for a pacemaker at 85 and lost his wife about 8 years ago but now has a 80 year old girlfriend for companionship, he has told me a few stories about the battle he left the airforce at end of the war never personal flying again but only flies first class now! :lol:

I did a tribute on my radio show last Friday as it was the 70th Anniversary of the Battle which I going to make a little video out of and upload on youtube and will share it on this thread.
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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby MADNOTBAD » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:49 pm

There are so many wonderful stories from war time handed down to me Sledge from the tragic to the hilarious.

There are stories of my Mother-In-Law of life during the Blitz on the Under-ground and my Mothers tales of her parents pub during war time.

My Mothers Parents Pub In West Sussex was In a tiny little village with the Sunday Cricket match being the high-light of the week until a US Air-Force base was erected In a field next to the pub. On the other side was a Canadian Air-Force Base.
My mother would stand on a table In the pub and sing to the troops.
All sorts of malarky went on and as fast as my Grand-mothers Nylons, Coffe, fuel etc was being brought In through the back door, the beer was being rolled out of the fron tdoor In payment.
My Mother had just married my Father but wrote to him asking permission If a young American Air-man may escort her to the Village dances every Saturday night to a band along the lines of Glen Millers.
My Father replied saying .. 'Only If he Is a Gentleman'... The US Airman was called Frank Devatore and came from Ohio. Attempts to trace him after the war failed I am sad to say.
One young US Air-force chap ran up a huge bar bill with my Grand-mother. On being told he was due to leave England he went to Bond Street London and bought his mother a beautiful diamond and amythest necklace. However, Unable to pay his bar bill, my Grand-mother took the Necklace as payment which I now have. I still feel bad for that mother !!!
This Is the pub Sledge:

http://www.ukpubfinder.com/pub/31268

It was called 'The Cricketeers' back then and the far left Bedroom Is where my mother, my eldest Sister and my Eldest brother was born.
To the side of that window Is where the US Air base was.

My mother and her sister would hang out of a back bedroom window when they scrambled and she told me they would count them out and then count them back In again.
Some-times they would stay up all night waiting for the droning of an Injured Aircraft to limp back In... When they did not return by morning, It was just a case of waiting to see who did not show In the pub that night... Very sad..
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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby sledge » Mon Aug 23, 2010 4:25 am

Nice Pub there Mad. They were bleak times especially for the pilots as you they didn't know what would happen tommorrow?. Did you ever see that film 'Hope and Glory' based on the Blitz and how a finally survives.. one of the best films on this topic ever made.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_and_Glory_(film)

There's a classic scene in the film(towards th end) when the school is destroyed in an air raid and one of the little school boys yells as his looking up in the sky ' Thank You Adolf' :lol:
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Re: Battle of Britain(1940)

Postby sledge » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:30 am

Here's the tribute Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary video i made using real footage from the Battle of Britain and the Main Theme. Please let me know what you think of my video. :scratch:

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