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?

More than 100 Canadians flew in the battle, principally as members of the RCAF’s No. 1 Squadron (later renamed 401 Squadron) and the RAF’s 242 Squadron. An estimated 300 Canadians served as groundcrew.

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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/L Jack Watts

Profile of courage: Jack Vincent Watts – navigator

During the Second World War, Battle of Britain heroes pushed back a German invasion of England. After the Battle, others continued the fight with the Bomber Command.
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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