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Spitfire spectacular to mark 75th anniversary of operation eagle attack

On Thursday 13 August 2015, Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be joined by private Spitfire owners to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Eagle Attack, the first day of Unternehmen Adlerangriff, the German operation to destroy the Royal Air Force in World War II.

Up to 13 Spitfires will launch from Humberside Airport and split into three sections of aircraft to fly over as many villages, towns and cities as fuel will allow, enabling the public to see and hear these wonderful historic aircraft and remember the sacrifices made by the young men of Fighter Command 75 years ago.

The destruction of the Royal Air Force would have cleared the way for the invasion of Britain.  The German attacks on 13th August 1940 inflicted significant damage and casualties on the ground but they did not make a significant impression of Fighter Command’s ability to defend British air space.

The engagements resulting from Adlertag became known as the Battle of Britain.

Timings for this significant event are:

Section 1:

  • Humber Bridge     1603
  • York                      1612
  • Linton on Ouse     1615
  • Thirsk                    1618
  • Leeming                1621
  • Teeside                 1625
  • Whitby                   1635
  • Scarborough         1640
  • Bridlington            1644
  • Hull                       1651

Section 2:

  • Grimsby                     1612
  • Mablethorpe              1618
  • Skegness                  1621
  • Boston                       1627
  • Grantham                  1634
  • Newark                      1638
  • Gainsborough           1645
  • Scunthorpe                1649

Section 3:

  • Lincoln                          1611
  • Nottingham                   1621
  • Derby                            1625
  • Chesterfield                  1631
  • Doncaster                     1638
  • Scunthorpe                   1644
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