World War II Spitfire, flies over the Battle of Britain Memorial in Folkestone, Kent, in a tribute to the fallen on Remembrance Day 101119 CREDIT PA.jpg
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Battle Of Britain Commemorations To Take Place Online

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Second World War air battle.

World War II Spitfire, flies over the Battle of Britain Memorial in Folkestone, Kent, in a tribute to the fallen on Remembrance Day 101119 CREDIT PA.jpg

Commemorations for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain will take place online because of the continuing coronavirus crisis.

The anniversary of the Second World War air battle is normally marked with a service on a Sunday in early July, but the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted plans.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is emulating the wartime spirit and refuses to let the virus prevent remembrance of the courage and sacrifice of those who served.

"The country is facing a similar challenge to the one it faced in 1940 and we are determined to show the resolve that the men of the RAF showed in the face of adversity," Group Captain Patrick Tootal OBE, Hon Secretary of the Trust Group, said.

"We will not be beaten by the virus but will find other ways to commemorate this important year."

The Battle of Britain began on 10 July 1940, with this year's commemoration event originally scheduled for 12 July. 

"The coronavirus crisis means we can't have Memorial Day in its usual form, but we are committed to pressing ahead with a suitable commemoration of the RAF's victory in 1940," Gp Capt Tootal added.

The trust, which is responsible for the National Memorial to the Few on the clifftop at Capel-le-Ferne in Kent, had planned a year-long programme of special events to commemorate the anniversary, but these have been affected significantly by the pandemic.

More details on this year's online Memorial Day will be released in the near future.

Cover image: A Second World War Spitfire flying over the Battle of Field Memorial in a tribute to the fallen on Remembrance Day 2019 (Picture: PA).

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