Written 7 December, 2010
Battle of Britain
In the spring of 1940 German's Luftwaffe was the most formidable air force in the world. With superior number and more advanced fighters and bombers, the Luftwaffe dominated the skies of all Europe.
In summer, Hitler turned the Luftwaffe loose against Britain. Waves of bombers, with fighter support, crossed the English Channel to unload bombs over England. The goal was to achieve dominion over the Royal Air Force. Targets were convoys and ports, then airfields, factories, and infrastructure-- and by summer, England's cities.
Against all odds, the Brits predominated. Although the bombings caused tremendous damage and cost thousands of lives and disrupted everyone's lives (all children were evacuated to the country from London, for instance), the toll by Hurricane and Spitfire fighters on German's aircraft and aircrew was great. By 1942 the decimated Luftwaffe was in decline, losing its superiority in air power and enabling gains to be made on both the Eastern and Western fronts. Hitler's late-in-the-war terror weapons, the V1 and V2 missiles and jet and rocket fighters, came too late. Britain was saved.
|Messerschmidt 163 Komet Rocket Plane|
|Spitfire Pilot Turning V-1|
(To Send it Back to Germany)
You'll find Biggin Hill SL, a working airbase. It's modeled after the real Biggin Hill. There's no shortage of aircraft (many of which you can buy), hangars (which you can rent), and an archive of material about the Battle of Britain (which you can peruse). Pilots can join the group and engage in combat flying over the land or the adjoining Blake Sea.
It's 70 years since the conclusion of the Battle, so there are celebrations.
Photos in next post.