It is 70 years since the Battle of Britain, arguably the most important victory in Britain's long history. And of the men who flew and fought to defend Britain that summer of 1940, just a few survive today. This landmark production features exclusive interviews with many of the last survivors of the Battle of Britain along with newly shot material and classic film archive. Many of these men were barely 20 when they flew their Spitfires and Hurricanes against German bomber formations and braved dogfights with enemy fighters. 70 years later those sights and experiences stay bright and vivid in their memories. Many of their stories are told here for the first time. These brave men tell of their inspiration to fly and join the RAF even as the war clouds were gathering; their first experiences of contact with the enemy; their own skill, or luck as many call it, in dogfighting with German fighters; the shock and terror of being shot at, and in many cases shot down; the stress of daily life, being on readiness at dawn day after day and coping with the loss of colleagues. Made by the producers of the highly-acclaimed Battle for the Skies, this programme gets right to the heart of the conflict, telling the famous story of the battle in the words of the pilots for the first time ever. This programme could not have been made without considerable help from 3 charitable organizations - The RAF Charitable Trust, the Battle of Britain Fighter Association and the Battle of Britain Historical Society. The producers would like to thank them all.
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