Saturday the 5th of May saw a formation flight of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Duxford. This must have been an amazing flight with the new painted Lancaster, which now appears in the markings of EE139 of 100 Squadron, Phantom of the Ruhr. The flight also consists of 5 Spitfires and 2 Hurricanes of various markings. The sound of 8 Merlin and 3 Griffon engines must have been a sight to behold.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the flight formation so it is great that they have been able to get all of the aircraft flying together.

I would suggest reading the forward to the flights webpage by Squadron Leader B.G ‘Stapme’ Stapleton DFC, DFC (Dutch). It makes for some interesting reading especially his comments on revisionism to the Battle of Britain. Much of it is a good warning about how far we as historian can remove reality from an event. As he comments, ‘To us the German advance had to be stopped, and we, in our capacity as RAF fighter pilots, ably supported from many quarters, achieved just that.’

Here are some pics of the day that I have managed to find.

You can find details about flight here.


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