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AIR FORCE commemorated one of
the most pivotal battles in history when
it took part in the 70th anniversary of
the Battle of Britain in Hobart on the
weekend of September 11 and 12.
Headed by CAF AIRMSHL Mark
Binskin, the Air Force representation
included the Roulettes, which conduct-
ed a flypast of the Hobart Cenotaph
on the 11th, No. 29 (City of Hobart)
Squadron, Australia's Federation
Guard and the Air Force Band.
29SQN played an important role
by coordinating the Air Force elements
and providing support personnel.
Other services were held across
the country, including Martin Place in
Sydney, which was attended by mem-
bers from RAAF Base Richmond.
Speaking at the memorial service
in Hobart, CAF said that the bat-
tle was as familiar to Australians as
Gallipoli, Tobruk and Long Tan.
Some of "The Few" still walked
among us and some of their aircraft
still fly as well.
"When we talk of 1940, we can
almost reach out and touch the experi-
ence," AIRMSHL Binskin said.
"The RAF fought the battle with
courage, devotion and tenacity. Theirs
is a demonstration of what an Air
Force should stand for and continually
strive to achieve."
CAF believed that these quali-
ties started with the aviators of WWI,
including those of the Australian
Flying Corps and, what we now call
our values and traditions, has served
the RAAF well in war and peace. He
also noted that in 1950, the RAF pro-
vided pilots to fly with 77SQN as it
battled North Korean MiG-15 fighters.
"The accolades heaped on the
shoulders of the men Churchill
described as 'The Few' are truly
deserved," he said.
"The 1503 Allied airmen who lost
their lives during the Battle of Britain,
the many thousands who survived the
battle and the ground crews have truly
earned their place in the annals of air
power history. To them and to the air-
men who came before and after we
owe a debt of gratitude.
"They have given us a heritage that
knows no peer. They have set for us a
mark to aspire to and they have laid
upon us the burden of passing on their
legacy -- unblemished -- to future gen-
erations," AIRMSHL Binskin said.
The Battle of Britain was the first
major battle fought solely by air-
craft in WWII. It is recognised as the
beginning of modern air power.
In July 1940, the Luftwaffe inten-
sified its raids on England, trying to
win control of the air prior to invasion.
The skill and tenacity of the fight-
er pilots and the effectiveness of the
Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft were
critical in the battle.
The fighting reached its peak on
September 15, when the Luftwaffe
lost 56 aircraft, forcing Hitler to aban-
don his plans to invade Britain.
During the battle, 22 Australians
flew with Fighter Command; 14
died. Five of 47 Australians who flew
with Bomber Command during the
battle died as did eight from Coastal
Above, the Roulettes
fly over the Hobart
Cenotaph during the
70th anniversary of
the Battle of Britain
on September 12,
attended by CAF
Binskin and Governor
of Tasmania Peter
top right).Photos: Andy Hall
Right, LACW Danielle
Burns of 22SQN
presents arms during
a Battle of Britain
service at Martin
Place in Sydney on
Photo: LACW Casey Gaul
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