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?

On September 15, the Germans launched a massive attack but, although the fighting was fierce, the Royal Air Force (RAF), using new tactics, was victorious.

Two days later, Hitler postponed the invasion; he never again considered it seriously. By the end of September, the Battle of Britain came to an end without fanfare. It was the first military confrontation won by air power and Germany’s first defeat in the war.

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A Spitfire at rest on May 22, 1943, in an unknown location. “The Spitfire was difficult to taxi,” Flying Officer Young said, “for the long nose rose at a sharp angle when on the ground, and one had to weave from side to side to ensure that all was clear ahead.”

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Flying Officer J. Stewart “Stew” Young

For Young, the Battle of Britain was a period of seemingly endless patrols interspersed with the occasional chase of an enemy aircraft as his squadron protected vital shipping, and Falmouth and Plymouth harbours.
July 27, 2015

Pilot Officer John Ronald “Jack” Urwin-Mann.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Pilot Officer Jack Urwin-Mann

Battle of Britain ace Pilot Officer John Ronald “Jack” Urwin-Mann received the Distinguished Flying Cross on November 26, 1940. The citation reads, in part, “This officer has displayed initiative and dash in his many engagements against the enemy.”
July 20, 2015

Pilot Officer Joseph Émile Paul Larichelière.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: Pilot Officer Joseph Émile Paul Larichelière

In just four short days during the Battle of Britain, Pilot Officer Larichelière scored his first victory, became an "ace" and met his death.
July 15, 2015

A silver coin depicting a Canadian aviator’s action in the Battle of Britain has been chosen by the Royal Canadian Mint to launch its Second World War Battlefront Series of coins.

ARCHIVED - New coin commemorates Canadians in the Battle of Britain

The Royal Canadian Mint has launched its Second World War Battlefront Series of coins with a silver coin commemorating the role Canadian aviators played in the Battle of Britain.
March 18, 2015

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Battle of Britain Sunday observed across Canada

More than 100 courageous young Canadians made their way to the south of England in early 1940 to join with like-minded young men from Commonwealth nations around the globe in a battle that would shape the world.
October 16, 2014

Bombing up Westland Lysander of No. 110 Army Cooperation Squadron on August 15, 1940.

The Battle of Britain: Army Cooperation Squadrons

There were two Canadian squadrons present in Great Britain during the Battle of Britain whose activities and support are hardly ever mentioned: No. 110 and No. 112 Army Cooperation Squadrons.
September 18, 2014

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Battle of Britain parade honours the dwindling few

The national Battle of Britain parade held in Ottawa on September 15, 2013, honoured the ever-dwindling number of courageous men and women who served and died in the famous Second World War air battle. 
September 18, 2013

Llewellyn William Lloyd

Profile of service: Llewellyn William Lloyd – meteorology technician

Cpl Llewellyn William Lloyd was the RCAF corporal-in-charge of the weather station at Cape Bauld, Newfoundland, in support of Second World War efforts.
September 13, 2013

F/O Peter Lochnan

Battle of Britain profile: Flying Officer Peter Lochnan

The pilots of the Battle of Britain are honoured for their efforts in turning aside the German onslaught designed to prepare the British for a German invasion. 
September 12, 2013

Norma Watts

Battle of Britain profile: Norma Zelia Watts – WAAF radio telephonist

During the Battle of Britain, Norma Zelia Watts was the ground contact for the aircrew that fought back the German Luftwaffe in the British skies.
September 12, 2013

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