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    Default Re: Remembering the pilots of the battle of britain

    Many of the RAF's aces were men from the Commonwealth and European countries which the Germans had already defeated. The highest scoring pilot of the Battle was Joseph Franisek a Czech flying with No 303 (Polish) Fighter Squadron. This Squadron entered battle on 31st August at the peak of the Battle of Britain and quickly became Fighter Command's highest claiming Squadron with 126 kills.

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    With ref. To the RAF Fouro , as said previously I grew up in the uk. In the London area during the war. Whether myth or not it was publicly believed and I grew up to believe that William Joyce ( Lord Haw Haw ) had a brother in the RAF , and on top of that he was a spitfire pilot , I am not saying it was true or not , it was the story or gossip that went around,and further to that was that he committed suicide , and also he didn’t live too far away where we lived in Kingston on Thames, Sometimes the truth is more stranger than fiction. There were many stories got around in those times , some may of been deiiberatley started by the fifth column. Stories or gossip once started is hard to change.
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    Today the 15th September is Battle of Britain Day in UK, therefore we must never forget the Aircrew who fought in that battle and where they came from.
    They came from:-
    Great Britain 2342
    Australia 32
    Barbados 1
    Belgium 28
    Canada 112
    Czechoslovakia 88
    France 13
    Ireland 10
    Jamaica 1
    Newfoundland 1
    New Zealand 127
    Poland 145
    Rhodesia 3
    South Africa 25
    United States 9

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    Default Re: Remembering the pilots of the battle of britain

    Fond memories of RAF St. Athan for "Battle of Britain Days"

    Spent much time at RAF Halton and Halton House and RAF
    High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire a major administrative
    support Station. It hosts and supports HQ Air Command,
    several Groups, and the European Air Group and supports
    the Joint Ground Based Air Defence, and Joint Force Air
    Component Commander. RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, a few times
    catching up with friends.

    They certainly know how to remember and pay tribute to
    those that they both served with or came before them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2HEnsa4PjI

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    Excellent layout Doc showing how far afield these brave Aircrew came from, to help Great Britain in its fight for survival against the Nazis.
    God bless every one of them, from one who is thankful for what they did for us.

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    My wife's first cousin was a Spitfire pilot, he was killed when his plane developed engine problems and crashed.
    We had a Polish fighter squadron at our local airdrome, Fairwood Common, they used to tell us off when we raced our bikes down a hill and across the landing strip, they were great blokes always friendly to us kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith at Tregenna View Post
    Fond memories of RAF St. Athan for "Battle of Britain Days"

    Spent much time at RAF Halton and Halton House and RAF
    High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire a major administrative
    support Station. It hosts and supports HQ Air Command,
    several Groups, and the European Air Group and supports
    the Joint Ground Based Air Defence, and Joint Force Air
    Component Commander. RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, a few times
    catching up with friends.

    They certainly know how to remember and pay tribute to
    those that they both served with or came before them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2HEnsa4PjI

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    My late Uncle was Stationed for a short time at High Wycombe as they lived there as well. His Wife owned a Laundrette at the time .
    One of my best mates in the RAF after our training was sent to Cyprus, while i was sent to Aden. Sadly he has passed now a few Years back! Rest in Peace Derek!
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    THE RED ARROWS SALUTE THE “WELSH FEW” OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

    The RAF display team the Red Arrows overflew Cardiff, Penarth and Cardiff Bay this morning to commemorate the “Welsh Few” the 67 pilots from Wales who flew in the Battle of Britain.

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