Battle of Britain parade: remembering their finest hour

By Sonya Anderson

Described as the first major military campaign fought entirely by air forces, the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was commemorated at Barrie today by members of 16 Wing Borden, RCAF 441 (Huronia) Wing and 102 Squadron Air Cadets, along with military and civilian dignitaries.

The battle, which lasted from July 10 to October 31, 1940, marked a turning point in the war which, until then, saw country after country fall to Germany’s powerful war machine.

As Hitler made plans to launch a full-scale invasion of Great Britain, Churchill countered with the might of the Royal Air Force, famously noting that the Battle of Britain would be remembered as “their finest hour.”

More than 100 Canadians participated in the Battle of Britain, 23 of whom lost their lives.

Main photo: The Battle of Britain Parade. Inset photo: Memorial propellor on display. Sonya Anderson photos

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