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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

11 September – On this day

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

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