The Battle of Britain: Three Days that Saved the Nation
Marking the 80th anniversary of The Battle of Britain, Channel 5 has released an excellent mini-series presented by Military Historian Dan Snow and Kate Humble titled ‘The Battle of Britain: 3 Days That Saved the Nation’.
In the new series Dan Snow and Kate Humble tell the story of the critical aerial battle that changed the course of the Second World War as the German Luftwaffe amassed large attacks against the RAF to gain air supremacy to land the invasion, ‘Operation Sealion’ and all that stands in their way are the brave men and women of the Royal Air Force.
This excellent series also tracks the untold personal stories individuals who were serving during that tense summer from pilots, ground crew members and members of the public. The first episode delved into the daily diary of Joan Fanshawe, who was 19 years old, serving in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) and plotted from a secret bunker the RAF and Luftwaffe movements as the Battles commenced over the skies of Britain. Also, the accounts of Scottish flying Archie McKellar, the son of a Paisley plasterer who was the first pilot to shoot down a German bomber over Britain, he shot down five German planes in 24 hours, and helped to demolish a German raid on Newcastle. Plus, the emotional story of Peter Woodruff Comely who was a young pilot of a Spitfire in 82 Squadron who sadly died on the 15th August 1940 during an air battle over the west coast to defend Portland and destroyed a ME110 before sadly being shot down and following his victim into the sea.
The first episode is available on Channel 5 Catch up, with the remaining episodes being shown:
- The Darkest Hour - Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 on Channel 5 from 9:00pm to 10:00pm
- The Blitz - Thursday, July 9th, 2020 on Channel 5 from 9:00pm to 10:00pm
Discover more about the Battle of Britain on Forces War Records HERE
Do you have a WW2 pilot or RAF ancestor in the family, or have you ever wondered if any of your ancestors were in the Forces during the war? If so, find out more by visiting Forces War Records, a site that specialises in Military records.