Join IWM Duxford to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, as we retell the extraordinary story of the Second World War aerial campaign of 1940.

Duxford was a Sector Station during the Battle of Britain which meant it was responsible for directing squadrons into battle. It was also home to the ‘Big Wing’ led by Squadron Leader Douglas Bader.

See where Battle of Britain history took flight on a visit to IWM Duxford.

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Discover the Battle of Britain story at IWM Duxford.

Second World War, Battle of Britain

8 Things You Need To Know About The Battle Of Britain

Second World War, Battle of Britain

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.
Spitfire pilots pose beside the wreckage of a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, 1940.
© IWM (CH 2064)

Launch the Observer Corps Experience

Poster image for the Observer Corps experience featuring a QR code to launch the app on mobile.
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Launch the Observer Corps Experience

Enemy aircraft have crossed over the British coast and it's up to you to identify them. Do you have what it takes? Put your skills to the test with the Observer Corps Experience. 

On desktop? Open your smartphone camera towards the QR code to launch.

On mobile? Click here to launch the experience.

 

 

Top Battle of Britain Things To See at IWM Duxford

  • Ops Block with visitor
    IWM
    NEW: Battle of Britain: Ops Block

    Open

    This brand new exhibition shines a light on Duxford’s key role in the Battle of Britain. Discover personal stories of those who worked on site during 1940. Feel what it was like to be inside the Operations Room as you experience an audio-visual recreation of the day the battle reached its climax, 15 September 1940.

    Free with general admission

  • Battle of Britain Exhibition with visitors
    IWM
    Battle of Britain Exhibition

    Open

    Discover the full story of the Battle of Britain in this refreshed exhibition. Get a historical overview of what happened across Britain during 1940. Discover personal stories from ‘the Few’ and get up close to authentic Battle of Britain aircraft and objects.

    Free with general admission

  • The Battle of Britain and Duxford

    15 & 25 September and 3, 14, 25 & 31 October

    Feel the past come to life around you as you learn about the part Duxford played in this pivotal episode in British history. Hear about the controversy of the 'Big Wing' and Duxford's role as a sector station, plus put your questions to IWM experts.

    £10 (admission not included)

There's plenty more Battle of Britain history to discover on site at IWM Duxford. Book your visit. 

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Battle of Britain Exhibition

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Make the most of your visit to IWM Duxford with Bloomberg Connects.

Download our free digital guide to explore our new Battle of Britain exhibition and the Ops Block, uncovering more stories and photographs about the people and objects featured.

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Duxford and the Battle of Britain

Duxford
Voices of Duxford
Hear the powerful stories of the men and women who served at Duxford, from the Battle of Britain to the Cold 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. 
RAF Duxford and The Spitfire
Battle of Britain
The Fascinating Story Of Duxford And The Spitfire
Duxford and the Supermarine Spitfire have a shared history. RAF Duxford's No. 19 Squadron was the first RAF squadron to re-equip with the new Supermarine Spitfire, and the first Spitfire was flown into RAF Duxford in August 1938
Inspired by the Few
Mark Battle of Britain 80 with these commemorative gifts, from our exclusive t-shirt and mug, to fashion, films and homeware.
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