Various dates

1.30pm - 2.30pm

IWM Duxford

The Guardroom (please ask for directions when entering the site at Admissions)


Admission not included
"How should you live if you are 20 and will be dead by the end of the summer?"

- Guy Mayfield, RAF Duxford Chaplain, 1940.

Gain a different perspective on the Battle of Britain with this new walking tour and discover the human stories behind a fighter station at war.

Led by Carl Warner, one of IWM’s top historians, hear accounts from Guy Mayfield, the Station Chaplin during the summer of 1940, and explore key areas around the historic site that once played a key part in the daily lives of Duxford’s young fighter pilots.

Created specifically as part of our 80th anniversary commemorations, this tour shines a light on the huge pressure that the battle had on those who lived and worked at RAF Duxford.

Souvenir Book

Front cover of Life and Death in the Battle of Britain book

Souvenir Book

This tour has been inspired by the book Life and Death in the Battle of Britain by Carl Warner. It explores the diary of Guy Mayfield, providing a unique and intimate insight into one of the most pivotal moments in British history.

All participants will receive a souvenir signed copy of this book worth £9.99 at the end of the tour.

Find out more about the book

  • This outdoor walking tour runs for approximately 60 minutes.
  • Please note visitors are recommended to wear comfortable shoes and suitable clothing for rain or shine.
  • Please meet at The Guardroom 10 minutes before the tour commences.

  • Book your ticket for Life and Death in the Battle of Britain

Social distancing measures

Your safety is our priority. Please take a moment to read about the social distancing measures we've put in place for this event.

Learn 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.
Sergeant Joan E Mortimer, Flight Officer Elspeth C Henderson and Sergeant Helen E Turner, recipients of the Military Medal for gallantry, standing outside damaged buildings at Biggin Hill, Kent. All three were WAAF teleprinter operators who stayed at their posts and continued to work the defence lines during the heavy Luftwaffe attacks on Biggin Hill on 1 September 1940.
Second World War
10 Inspiring Stories Of Bravery During The Battle Of Britain
The Battle of Britain called for incredible feats of bravery. The persistent, destructive and targeted German aerial attacks during the summer of 1940 placed those involved in Britain's defence in huge danger. People who showed incredible bravery in withstanding the threat to Britain were often recognised with gallantry awards. 
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
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. 

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