In September 1940, the final phase of the Battle of Britain, the Luftwaffe adopted a new policy, turning their attention away from the RAF‘s airfields and making London their target. On the 15th September one of two devastating raids saw more than one hundred Heinkel 111 and Dornier 17 bombers swarm over the docklands and East End.
During their dangerous daylight journey to and from the capital they were not expecting much opposition from the RAF, believed by the Luftwaffe to be down to its last fifty fighters, and so were greatly surprised to be met by no fewer than twenty eight squadrons of Hurricanes and Spitfires. One He111 of KG53 is seen here having been hit, before struggling back to France. Others were not so fortunate
and, by the end of the day, the German losses were so great that Hitler postponed the invasion indefinitely.
Overall size approx: 25" x 36"
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Signed by six Luftwaffe fighter and bomber pilots, all Knights Cross recipients.
Signed by thirteen Luftwaffe pilots and a radio operator, all Knights Cross recipients.
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