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

80th Anniversary

Virtual ceremony
Sunday, September 20, 2020
10:30 A.M. EDT

Fly-past of Second World War aircraft, weather permitting.

info icon Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the RCAF invites you to watch this year’s wreath laying and small ceremony, hosted at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery, on the RCAF Facebook page

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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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

Three men.

Battle of Britain veteran marks 100th birthday

Flying Officer (retired) Ralph Wild was an instrument repair technician during the Battle of Britain. On September 27, 2018, he turned 100 and among those who sent him birthday wishes was the commander of the RCAF.
October 3, 2018

A man stands behind a podium.

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

A woman wearing a medium-blue uniform stands at attention at the right front corner of a tall memorial topped with a statue and backed by trees.

RCAF marks 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain throughout Canada

RCAF personnel mark the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain throughout Canada
October 12, 2017

A group of people playing bagpipes, wearing blue jackets, blue and maroon tartan kilts and tall black feather hats are led by a similarly dressed man wearing an ornate sash and carrying an ornate staff who is gesturing to his right.

RCAF marks 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

The Royal Canadian Air Force marked the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain today with a ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec.
September 17, 2017

Thirty uniformed men gather for a photograph in a low-ceilinged room.

Battle of Britain Sunday

RCAF aircrew and groundcrew contributed to the Allied victory in the Battle of Britain. Here are some of those heroes of a victory that would be carried as a talisman in the hearts of every Allied combatant in the Second World War.
September 15, 2017

A black and white photo of three men in military uniforms.

No. 242 “Canadian” Squadron revisited

No. 242 had been formed in October 1939 as an all-Canadian unit within the Royal Air Force (RAF). The idea was largely one of optics—it made for good press in Canada to have such a unit operating before a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) presence could be established. Only about 40 per cent of the ground crews were Canadian, but all of the pilots (with one exception) were Canadians who had enrolled directly in the RAF before the war.
September 12, 2017

A Hurricane is re-armed while a section flies overhead. From the photo album of Flying Officer R.W.G. Norris, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who served with No. 1 Squadron during the Battle of Britain.

The unsung heroes of the Battle of Britain: The groundcrew of No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron

The groundcrew and support staff who allowed the fighter pilots to do their job of destroying the enemy were the unsung heroes of the Battle of Britain.
September 11, 2017

Two pilots race to their awaiting Hurricanes.

Among Canada’s “Few”: The RCAF’s No. 1 Squadron in the Battle of Britain

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s No. 1 Squadron’s contribution to the Battle of Britain represents the first time our nation sent an expeditionary air force into battle in a coalition environment.
September 11, 2017

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