Although the heroic ‘Few’ honoured in Churchill’s famous speech have rightly deserved the decades of laudation since 1940, this has arguably sidelined the significant contribution of the forgotten ‘many’ who supported them.
History Of War issue 59 explores how the RAF’S ground crews and auxiliary forces kept Fighter Command’s pilots in the air, forming a vital support network during perilous dogfights with the Luftwaffe.
Thousands of mechanics, observers, firefighters and the brave ranks of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force contributed to the defence of the UK. All were crucial in the climactic victory on 15 September – now annually commemorated as Battle of Britain Day.
Member of RAF ground crew relaxing in shade of the wing of a Hurricane fighter plane in between sorties during the Battle of Britain