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  • 1940

    Battle of Britain

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    Dambusters

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    Operation Manna

1939 - 1945
World War Two

Air superiority was vital to the Allied victory in World War Two in what has become immortalised by Churchill's words before the Battle of Britain as "their finest hour". The RAF grew rapidly during the war to achieve this success, while maintaining the highest technical and professional standards in the air and on the ground. The RAF numbered over 1 million men by 1945. The Women's Auxiliary Air Force reached its peak strength of almost 182,000 in 1943. Explore stories of the people who made victory possible, or add your own.

 

 

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