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IWM In Conversation: Battle of Britain

IWM Duxford

Join us on Saturday 17 September for a day packed with fascinating lectures from guest speakers Paul Beaver and Victoria Taylor, and IWM curators Adrian Kerrison and Craig Murray. Four experts, four talks, one day immersed in a pivotal moment in history.

From 10 July – 31 October 1940 some of Britain’s most important victories of the Second World War were being won in the skies. RAF Duxford was a Sector Station responsible for directing squadrons into battle, making it the perfect setting for exploring this historic moment.

IWM’s Second World War curator Adrian Kerrison will tell the story of how Duxford’s Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons made their mark on arguably the Battle’s most pivotal day – 15th September 1940. Curator Craig Murray will discuss the RAF's fighter control system devised by Hugh Dowding, which ensured victory in 1940, as well as Duxford's controversial Big Wing and its contribution to the Battle of Britain.

Author of Forgotten Few Paul Beaver will pay homage to the overlooked efforts of 57 naval pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain, and historian Victoria Taylor will re-tell this iconic British victory from the Luftwaffe's perspective.


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