15th, 25th September 3rd, 14th, 25th, 31st October

2pm - 3pm

IWM Duxford

Hangar Four

£10

Admission not included
‘Never in a field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few’

- Winston Churchill

Discover real stories of heroism

Hurricane pilots 'scramble' to their aircraft, July 1940
Hurricane pilots 'scramble' to their aircraft, July 1940. © IWM HU 49253

Discover real stories of heroism

In the 80th anniversary year, join one of IWM’s experts to learn more about the Battle of Britain and discover how Duxford played its part within the major air campaign.

Understand the background to the battle, learn about the air defence network that gave the RAF a critical advantage and discover the real stories of those great aerial battles.

Hear about those iconic warbirds that have become synonymous with the summer of 1940, from the Supermarine Spitfire to the Hawker Hurricane and delve deeper into the men and women behind the machines as we uncover the characters that played such a crucial role.

Duxford's role in the battle

Sergeant Bohumil Furst of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron stands on the wing of his Hurricane with the squadron mascot, Duxford, 7 September 1940.
Sergeant Bohumil Furst of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron stands on the wing of his Hurricane with the squadron mascot, Duxford, 7 September 1940. © IWM CH 1296

Duxford's role in the battle

Feel the past come to life around you as you learn about the impact this very site played on this pivotal time in British history. From the controversies of the ‘Big Wing’ air fighting tactic to the role of Duxford as a sector station in Number 12 Group Fighter Command.

Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to put your own questions to our IWM experts. Battle of Britain and Duxford takes place in the newly refreshed Battle of Britain exhibition.

The talk runs for approximately 60 minutes. Please arrive at Hangar Four 10 minutes before the talk is about the begin.

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Read about the Battle of Britain

Spitfire pilots pose beside the wreckage of a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, 1940.
© IWM (CH 2064)
Second World War
8 Things You Need To Know About The Battle Of Britain
The Battle of Britain was a major air campaign fought over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940. Here are 8 things you need to know about one of Britain’s most important victories of the Second World War.
Pilots of No. 19 and No. 616 Squadrons pose alongside a Spitfire at Duxford. Sitting on wing (left to right) are Brian Lane, George Unwin and Francis Brinsden (with Flash the Alsation and Rangy the Spaniel). Front row (left to right) are Bernard Jennings, Colin McFie, Howard Burton and Philip Leckman.
Squadron Leader Howard ‘Billy’ Burton (front row, second from right) © IWM CH 1400
Duxford
13 Photos Of Duxford And Fowlmere During The Battle Of Britain
During the Battle of Britain, Duxford and Fowlmere had two main jobs - to protect the Midlands and help the fighters of 11 Group when needed. 11 Group was responsible for the south-east of England, including London, and bore the brunt of the fighting in the summer of 1940. Here are 13 photos that showcase life at Duxford and Fowlmere during the Battle of Britain. 
Halifax B Mark VI, NP831, awaiting delivery at the bomber production line, Radlett, Hertfordshire.
© IWM (ATP 13205D)
Battle of Britain
8 Important Dates In The Battle Of Britain
The Battle of Britain was a decisive air campaign fought over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940.  It was one of Britain’s most important victories of the Second World War.

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Location

Duxford Airfield
Address

IWM Duxford
Duxford
Cambridgeshire
CB22 4QR

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