The Royal Australian Air Force is proud to support the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Commemoration to recognise the critical role airmen played during the Second World War, particularly during the air battles to defend Great Britain in 1940.
Dave talks with retired Air Vice-Marshal Peter Scully AO (Chairman of the RAAF Association Museum Committee; Chairman of the Battle of Britain Commemoration Committee and an active member of the RAAF Association branch in Hobart)
BATTLE OF BRITAIN
- In the summer and autumn of 1940, the Royal Air Force (RAF) fought a prolonged battle in the defence of Britain against an experienced and numerically superior German Luftwaffe.· This air campaign, which became known as the Battle of Britain, officially lasted from 10 July to 31 October 1940.
· At least 22 Australians (none of the members of the RAAF) flew with Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain out of no more than 450 serving across the RAF at the time. Other Australians flew during the battle with RAF Bomber Command and Coastal Command, including with Australia’s Number 10 Squadron the only Australian squadron flying in the UK at the time.
· Seven Australians became air aces by shooting down five or more enemy aircraft. Pat Hughes from Cooma in New South Wales had 14 successes, which puts him among the leading six allied aces of the battle.
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· 1503 members of Allied aircrew were killed during the Battle of Britain. Of the 449 RAF Fighter Command aircrew who died, at least 14 were Australian.
· The Spitfire is an iconic aircraft, not just during the Battle of Britain, but throughout the Second World War.
· During its history, the Spitfire’s strengths were its speed and manoeuvre-ability and loved by all who flew it.
· The first known powered flight in Tasmania was made at Elwick Showgrounds on September 10, 1914, by New South Wales pilot Delfosse Badgery.
2020 COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS
- Due to interstate travel restrictions, the Air Force has to reduce its usual level of support and will not be providing any aircraft flypasts.
The Tasmanian Army Band will provide musical support throughout the weekend in lieu of the national Air Force Band.
- A Remembrance Service will be held on Saturday 12th September at St David’s Cathedral, 23 Murray Street, Hobart at 2.00 pm.· A Cenotaph Service and Wreath Laying will be held on Sunday 16 September at the Hobart Cenotaph, Queen’s Domain at 10.45 am.