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1935 – First flight of the Hawker Hurricane

6 November

On this day in 1935, the prototype K5083 (Hawker Hurricane) took to the air for the first time at the hands of Hawker’s chief test pilot, Flight Lieutenant (later Group Captain) George Bulman. 

Bulman was assisted by two other pilots in subsequent flight testing; Philip Lucas flew some of the experimental test flights, while John Hindmarsh conducted the firm’s production flight trials.

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WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

25 – 30 September – On this day

The German attacks in this period are sent mostly against aircraft factories. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

19-25 September

German attacks continue with minor raids. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

19 September – On this day

The German invasion fleet begins to disperse from the Channel ports.

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WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

18 September – On this day

During the day there is a German attack by 50 bombers on targets in London. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

17 September

Although the Battle of Britain did not officially end until 31 October, and indeed there were still some fierce clashes to come, it was effectively over after 15 September. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

17 September – On this day

Hitler postpones Operation Sealion until further notice. The German invasion flotillas are attacked during the night by RAF Bomber Command and a fair degree of damage is done. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

15 September – On this day – The Turning Point

Kesselring makes another great effort against London.  Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

13 September – On this day

The British bring heavy units of the Royal Navy nearer to the likely invasion area. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain”

WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain

11 September – On this day

The air fighting goes well for the Germans. Continue reading “WWII – The 75th Anniversary – Battle of Britain”

WWII The 75th Anniversary – The Battle of Britain

8 September – On this day

Battle of Britain

There is relatively little activity on this day, but it is important because of a decision by Dowding (Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding – commanding RAF Fighter Command).

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WWII The 75th Anniversary – The Battle of Britain

7 September – On this day

The ‘Blitz’ begins:

The Germans alter the tactics of their air offensive and send a major daytime raid against London. This gives the RAF a welcome respite from the airfield attacks which have been so damaging during the last few days. Continue reading “WWII The 75th Anniversary – The Battle of Britain”

WWII The 75th Anniversary – The Battle of Britain

1-6 September 1940 – Battle of Britain

The German attacks on the British airfields continue but with less strength than in the two previous days. Effort is wasted on less vital aircraft factories. Continue reading “WWII The 75th Anniversary – The Battle of Britain”

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