As part of the Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary celebrations, 13 Spitfires flew in three groups across Humberside/Lincolnshire today, Thursday August 13.
Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were joined by private Spitfire owners to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Eagle Attack, the first day of Unternehmen Adlerangriff, the German operation to destroy the Royal Air Force in World War II.
They launched from Humberside Airport and split into three sections of aircraft to fly over as many villages, towns and cities as fuel will allow, enabling the public to see and hear these wonderful historic aircraft and remember the sacrifices made by the young men of Fighter Command 75 years ago.
The destruction of the Royal Air Force would have cleared the way for the invasion of Britain. The German attacks on 13th August 1940 inflicted significant damage and casualties on the ground but they did not make a significant impression of Fighter Command’s ability to defend British air space.
The engagements resulting from Adlertag became known as the Battle of Britain.
Nick Bishop with some help from his seven-year-old son Freddie Bishop captured this video as five of the Spitfires roared over Boston.