Battle of Britain 75 – Pt.11 – Their Finest Hour

Following the evacuation from Dunkirk, the UK braced itself for Adolf Hitler’s next move. Germany now turned its attention towards defeating the Royal Air Force in anticipation of an invasion. As GAR shifts its focus to the Battle of Britain from July to October 1940, Elliott Marsh offers an overview of the conflict’s key events as a prelude to our in-depth series of articles exploring the air war in detail.

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Airshow Review – RAF Cosford Airshow 2015

With RAF Waddington undergoing runway resurfacing work, 2015 sees just one Royal Air Force airshow. It was the turn of RAF Cosford to step up to the plate and deliver one of the biggest events on the UK calendar. A show that promised so much in the build-up frustratingly suffered a handful of hard-hitting cancellations at short notice, yet still delivered an impressive day out. Dean West reports.

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Battle of France 75 – Pt.10 – No. 73 Squadron’s Withdrawal, June 1940

June 1940. The evacuation from Dunkirk was over, and the remnants of the British and French militaries faced insurmountable odds as the German Army advanced across France and the Low Countries. Before long, the armed forces – amongst them the Royal Air Force’s No. 73 Squadron – began the frantic retreat towards the Bay of Biscay for embarkation to the United Kingdom. In the concluding article of GAR’s Battle of France 75th anniversary mini-series, Elliott Marsh charts the squadron’s withdrawal to the UK at the culmination of the conflict.

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Battle of Britain 75 – Pt.9 – Biggin Hill Festival of Flight 2015

Following in the hefty footsteps of an internationally renowned event that ran for the better part of half a century was always going to be a difficult task, but it’s one that Synergy Events has tackled admirably with the Biggin Hill Festival of Flight. Elliott Marsh reports on 2015’s instalment, an event firmly focused on commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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Civilian Aviation – Britten-Norman Islander G-AVCN Restoration

The East Wight aircraft restoration workshop set up by the Britten-Norman Aircraft Preservation Society (BNAPS) has been a hive of activity as the restoration team made steady progress towards the goal of having the historic B-N Islander G-AVCN ready for “roll out” in time for the “Islander 50” celebration event in June 2015. Bob Wealthy guest reports for GAR.

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