Battle of Britain 80

Biggin Hill Memorial Museum is planning a programme of events to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, remembering the Few and honouring the many.

2020 marks the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and we are planning a programme of events to mark this milestone of the Second World War.  More details to be announced shortly….

 

The Battle of Britain at Biggin Hill

Key information on the Battle of Britain at Biggin Hill

  • RAF Biggin Hill was a senior sector station and part of 11 Group.
  • This group protected London and the South-East from aerial attack and bore the heavy concentration of assaults by the German Luftwaffe.
  • The following squadrons took part in the Battle of Britain: 32, 72, 74, 79, 92, 141 and 610.
  • The station had endured ‘The Hardest Day’ on Sunday 18th August 1940, which was the hardest fought day of the Battle
  • The station had taken part in the battle on Sunday 15th September 1940, later known as the Battle of Britain Day. More than a thousand aircraft took part. At RAF Biggin Hill, 72 Squadron and 92 Squadron participated.
  • RAF Biggin Hill was proud to boast the three Military Medals won for bravery during air raids. WAAFs Sergeant Helen Turner, Corporal Elspeth Henderson and Sergeant Elizabeth ‘Joan’ Mortimer were all decorated. There was also a Military MBE for WAAF Felicity Peake.
  • At the close of the Battle, Biggin Hill’s score of enemy aircraft destroyed was just under 600. Winston Churchill described RAF Biggin Hill as ‘the Strongest Link’.  During this time, Group Captain Grice was to announce that ‘we never closed’.

Why not visit and learn more about the part played by these courageous men and women in the Battle of Britain. See more details on how to plan your visit to Biggin Hill Memorial Museum.