Throughout August 1940 the second phase of the Battle of Britain was in full swing as the
Luftwaffe turned their full attention to the destruction of Fighter Command’s 11 Group airfields.
The summer skies over Kent and the south-east of England saw the young RAF fighter pilots in
almost continuous action as they sought to repel Goering’s raiders. But, by October, Fighter
Command’s tiny force of just under 3,000 had achieved the impossible; against the odds they had
halted and repelled the mighty Luftwaffe, then the largest and most modern air force in the
world. Hermann Goering and his cronies in German High Command had seriously
underestimated the skill, determination and resilience of the men from RAF Fighter Command.
A few months before, Hitler had been pouring scorn on Britain for its refusal to surrender; now
he was forced to eat his words.
Anthony Saunders’ painting transports us to the morning of Monday 12 August 1940, a day when
11 Group airfields at Hawkinge, Manston and Lympne airfields all came under heavy attack from
Luftwaffe raiders. With the harvest well under way below them, the Spitfires of 610 Squadron,
led by S/Ldr John Ellis, return to re-fuel and re-arm after a tense encounter with Luftwaffe
fighters, an engagement in which they were credited with several victories, including two
claimed by the Squadron Leader.
Overall size: 18" x 24"
Available in the following editions
Image size: 13" x 19½"
Signed by.three Battle of Britain veterans
Air Commodore Peter Brothers CBE DSO DFC* Hurricane pilot 32 & 257 Squadrons - 16 victories
Wing Commander Bob Doe DSO DFC* Pilot on Spitfires with 234 Squadron and Hurricanes with 238 Squadron -14 victories
Flight Lieutenant John Toombs Wireless Operator / Air Gunner on Blenheims with 236 Squadron
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