Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain was recognized almost immediately as a significant event. Waged from July to October 1940, it pitted a small group of fighter pilots from around the world against a far larger Luftwaffe. Their victory gave hope to the people of Great Britain and to other freedom-loving nations. History

Battle of Britain London Monument

Battle of Britain London Monument

Battle of Britain 79th Anniversary

Sunday, September 15, 2019
at 10:00 a.m.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum
11 Aviation Pkwy, Ottawa, ON

Vintage aircraft fly by weather permitting

Ceremonies across Canada

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Battle of Britain: Did you know?

Armed with eight .303 Browning guns and capable of attaining 362 miles per hour (580 Kilometres per hour), the Spitfire was heavily armed and fast for its era. Although the Hawker Hurricane was used more often during the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire had a higher victory to loss ratio and it’s the Spit that people remember most.

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Six men wearing military uniforms with belted tunics, stand in a row.

The Battle of Britain: The RCAF gains new leadership

Many Canadian fighter pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain put their knowledge and experience, gained during the crucial battle, to excellent use as they provided foundational leadership for new squadrons over the following years of the war.
September 13, 2019

A group of pilots of No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron walk towards the camera from a Hawker Hurricane after returning from a fighter sortie on October 24, 1940.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: John Alexander Kent and the RAF’s Polish fighter pilots

In 1940, John Alexander Kent, a Canadian, was posted to RAF Northolt as a flight commander with the Royal Air Force’s newly-formed No. 303 Polish Squadron.
September 12, 2019

An elderly man wearing a jacket, tie and beret and a young man wearing a military uniform stand side by side and salute.

RCAF to mark 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Ceremonies commemorating the Battle of Britain will be held across the country on Sunday, September 15, 2019.
September 11, 2019

A group of men in various uniforms stand in front of a single propeller aircraft.

Battle of Britain: CAN/RAF—Canadians in the Royal Air Force

Estimates vary regarding the number of Canadians who served during the Battle of Britain because the definition of “Canadian” was still hazy at the time. It’s estimated that more than 100 Canadian pilots served during the Battle and 23 lost their lives.
September 10, 2019

A head and shoulders photo of a man wearing a military tunic with tie. Near his left lapel are wings and several military medal ribbons.

Last Canadian Battle of Britain pilot “slips the surly bonds of earth”

John Stewart Hart, the last surviving Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, died in June 2019 at the age of 102.
September 9, 2019

During the Battle of Britain parade held on Parliament Hill on September 16, 1956, the colour party marches past the saluting base in front of the Peace Tower.

The origins of the Battle of Britain ceremony

Each year, on the third Sunday of September, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) celebrates Battle of Britain Sunday. But what was the original purpose behind the ceremony, and when did it start?
September 8, 2019

In a black and white photograph, six uniformed men stand in a line and face the camera.

Check Six! The Battle of Britain in hindsight

More than 100 Canadians are deemed to have participated in the Battle of Britain, and 23 lost their lives. A Royal Canadian Air Force squadron fought during the Battle; No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron, whose pilots were from both a regular force unit and an auxiliary unit, became operational on August 17, 1940.
September 6, 2019

In a black and white photograph, a man in uniform sits on the wing of a vintage aircraft; two more stand beside the aircraft.

The Birth of a Swift Death: 401 Squadron at its 100th anniversary

401 Squadron, known as the “Rams,” has reached a milestone: it is the first Canadian squadron to celebrate its centennial, which officially occurs this month, November 2018.
November 20, 2018

A vintage drop-wing single-engine aircraft flies in front of trees, with a flag in the foreground.

Heroes of the Battle of Britain remembered

The 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was marked on September 16, 2018, with a national ceremony in Gatineau, Québec.
October 1, 2018

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Battle of Britain heroes honoured in National Capital Region

The RCAF’s national ceremony honouring those who participated in the Battle of Britain 77 years ago was held at Vintage Wings of Canada in Gatineau, Quebec, on September 17, 2017.
October 13, 2017

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