Taking off from Biggin Hill, 5 Hurricanes, 16 Spitfires and a Seafire flew over south-east England today to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain’s ‘Hardest Day’. On 18 August 1940 Biggin Hill was amongst many targets which came under attack from the Luftwaffe as it attempted to gain air superiority by launching its largest number of aircraft in an attempt to defeat the RAF. It became known as the ‘hardest day’ as both sides recorded their greatest loss of life during the battle. Against great odds the RAF defended Britain during the hard battles through August and September, eventually causing Hitler to postpone his plans of invasion.
The flypast aircraft were gathered from the UK, Europe and the USA and split into three sections to cover a larger area. The weather of the day was heavy overcast, but thankfully the rain held off to allow for the event to go as planned.