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Wednesday June 24, 2020

The Battle of Britain

Speaker: Susan Loricchio, Pilot & Aviation Historian

To commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Susan Loricchio, pilot and aviation historian, will take us back in time, when England’s peace was shattered with the terror of the Luftwaffe, as Hitler eyed London. After Winston Churchill observed one of the great air battles from a bunker, he said “Never in the field of human conflict have so many, owed so much, to so few.” When we hear The Battle of Britain, we think of the immortal Spitfires and Hurricanes, but there was so much more. Biggin Hill was a key airfield in the Battle of Britain, the first all air war of WWII. Flyers and crew came from numerous countries to take on the seasoned Germans pilots. Biggin Hill was specifically targeted and relentlessly pummeled by the Luftwaffe, but never closed down, nor would they accept defeat. Learn of the crews with uncommon valor, the innovative strategies of quirky Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding that saved England, and the brave women of the WAAF, under a burning bombed roof, who continued to maintain communication with air command and highlighted positions of the enemy. Bits of trivia, legend, and lore will undoubtedly peak your interest on this milestone anniversary. We recommend that you watch the video before the meeting!

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