On Sunday, September 15th, 1940, the future of Great Britain was up in the air. The German air force had been relentlessly pounding cities and airbases on an almost daily basis for more than two months. On that day, the Luftwaffe launched its largest and most concentrated series of attacks against London in the hopes of drawing the Royal Air Force Fighter Command into a final daylight battle of annihilation. They did not succeed. The epic aerial conflict we now call the ‘Battle of Britain’ reached its tipping point that day, and is still commemorated each year in Great Britain as ‘Battle of Britain Day’, while Canadians annually celebrate it on the third Sunday of September.
This year, the Royal Canadian Air Force, Vintage Wings of Canada and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) will be celebrating the day with a public flying cavalcade over the airfield at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, featuring fighters from Vintage Wings and assets of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The event is being held Sunday, September 17th, 10:00 AM and is open to the public.
In preparation for the event and to photograph fighters of the Michael U. Potter Collection together for the first time with the newly-completed Roseland Spitfire Mk IX, a special formation was launched at the end of the day last Tuesday. As you can see, the photos are awe inspiring!
Image source: Peter Handley, Vintage Wings of Canada
See more photos here: http://www.vintagewings.ca