(AGENPARL) – OTTAWA (CANADA), dom 20 settembre 2020
September 20, 2020 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
It is with great pride that the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) marked the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain today with a ceremony held at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.
The Battle of Britain was waged over the skies of England from July 10 to October 31, 1940; it was the first commitment of a formed Royal Canadian Air Force unit to combat in the Second World War and the first major battle fought almost entirely between opposing air forces.
More than one hundred Canadians flew in the Battle of Britain from July to October 1940. Twenty-three Canadian pilots lost their lives in the battle, while hundreds of Canadian ground crew also served valiantly supporting from air bases.
This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the RCAF conducted a wreath laying and small ceremony to commemorate Canadian and Allied sacrifices made during the pivotal air battle of the Second World War. The ceremony featured a fly-past of vintage Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, in honour of those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the summer and fall of 1940.