The Daily Telegraph

Atlantic bravery


sir – Once again the RAF has been flying vintage aircraft as part of the celebratio­ns commemorat­ing the 1940 Battle of Britain victory.

I have no wish to diminish the young pilots’ bravery, but more should be done to remember the Battle of the Atlantic. This ran from September 1939 to May 1945 and Churchill described it as the most important battle of the Second World War. Had the North Atlantic supply routes failed, Britain would have gone down within weeks.

During the six weeks of what the RAF calls the Battle of Britain, when it lost about 550 aircrew, just under 2,000 Royal Navy and Merchant Navy sailors were lost in the North Atlantic. They should also be remembered.

Lt Col I R Berchem (retd)

Barton Bendish, Norfolk

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