Commemorate Battle of Britain 80 at the RAF Museum

The 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain will take place this summer, and the RAF Museum is preparing to help celebrate this milestone event. Here is a vintage photograph of Supermarine Spitfires from 610 Squadron during the actual period of the Battle of Britain. (Credit Ministry of Defence)
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2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, often referred to as ‘Britain’s finest hour’. This summer, the Royal Air Force Museum is inviting the country to remember this significant story of bravery, international alliances and ingenuity both at the Museum and on tour.

Debriefing a pilot of 19 Squadron, RAF Fowlmere. (Credit Ministry of Defence)

On tour:

The Museum is giving members of the public a rare chance to see a real Spitfire from our collection in various public spaces. This will include Coventry, Telford, Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Cosford, Wolverhampton and Barnet. The Spitfire on tour will enable members of the public to find out more about this iconic aircraft and the role each town and city played during the Battle of Britain.


RAF Museum London (on the site of the former RAF Hendon) is home to the most complete set of Battle of Britain aircraft in the world including the ‘fighter four’: Spitfire, Hurricane, Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Fiat CR.42, all surviving participants of the Battle. This year they will be supported by new displays telling the wider BoB story, including a fine art exhibition. There will also be a series of events for the whole family, including The Battle of Britain Vintage Festival, Spitfire 10K and Family Run, and a Battle of Britain Aircraft Access event. 

Flt Lt H P Blatchford of 257 Squadron, RAF Martlesham Heath. (Credit Ministry of Defence)


Home to the world’s oldest Spitfire, RAF Museum Cosford houses both British and German aircraft from the BoB era.  See the RAF’s frontline fighters, the Spitfire, Hurricane, Gladiator and Defiant face to face with their German rivals the Me 109 and Ju88, all examples of the type used in the BoBPreviously unseen objects from the Museum’s archive collection and a Dowding System interactive area will enhance the aircraft displays. The summer events programme will include the popular Spitfire 10K and Family Run and a BoB Proms with musical acts suitable for all the family.

Pilots of 504 Squadron scramble, RAF Filton October 1940. (Credit RAF Museum Collection)

Earlier this year the RAF Museum launched the Hurricane 80K Challenge, a virtual race commemorating 80 years since the BoB.  Participants have exactly 80 days to complete 80K and be rewarded with a bespoke challenge medal, proceeds will go the RAF Museum, registered charity 244708.

The RAF Museum is open daily from 10am and entry is FREE.  For more details visit

RAF Museum Battle of Britain type aircraft (most, but not all participated the BoB):

Aircraft Identity RAF Museum
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 Wk.Nr.4101 London
Hawker Hurricane Mk I P2617 London
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I X4590


Fiat CR.42


Junkers Ju 87G-2 Stuka Wk.Nr.494083


Heinkel He 111H-20 Wk.Nr. 701152


Bristol Blenheim Mk IV L8756


Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I N1671


Junkers Ju 88R-1 Wk.Nr. 360043


Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc LF738


Supermarine Spitfire Mk I


Gloster Gladiator Mk I K8042


Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 10639


















RAF Museum Battle of Britain events:


Date Event RAF Museum
Tuesday 21 April – Friday 10 July Hurricane 80K Challenge Virtual Event
Friday 10 July Battle of Britain Aircraft Access London
Saturday 29 August Spitfire 10K and Spitfire Family Run London
Sunday 30 August Spitfire 10K and Spitfire Family Run Cosford
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September Battle of Britain Vintage Festival London
Saturday 12 September Battle of Britain Proms Cosford

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