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RAF Chapel and the Battle of Britain

By 15 September 2017April 26th, 2021One Comment

Battle of Britain Day – September 15th

On this day as a nation we celebrate the strength and courage of those that fell for our freedom during the Battle of Britain. The battle officially began on September 15th 1940 and lasted for 3 and a half months.

The squadrons that took part in the Battle of Britain are depicted inside the RAF Chapel in Westminster Abbey. Funds were raised by Lord Trenchard  and Lord Dowding to erect a stained glass window which we can still see today. The chapel is known as the Lady Chapel and was built by King Henry VII.

 

stained glass window inside RAF chapel in Westminster abbey

The window was built by Hugh Easton in 1947. Easton was the son of a Doctor and worked for a time in the Ministry of Information during WWII.  You can read more about Hugh here.

In 1960 the Air Ministry published an Air Ministry Order (AMO) that detailed which squadrons had officially taken part in the battle under the control of RAF Fighter Command. Jets commonly associated with the Battle of Britain are the Hurricane, and the Spitfire. 41 Squadron played a significant role in the Battle contributing 49 pilots, 42 of whom were British. The squadron is now based at RAF Coningsby as the Test & Evaluation Sqn, also where the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is based.

Other squadrons include 1, 3, 17 and 19, read a  full list of other squadrons here.

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