Battle of Britain – level 3

25-09-2020 15:00

Historic Royal Air Force (RAF) planes took to the skies to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The RAF defended the skies over southern England, as Hitler’s Luftwaffe flew daily attacks ahead of a planned invasion. The battle was fought entirely in the air and resulted in Hitler postponing his plans to invade Britain. During the battle, 1,497 pilots and aircrew were killed or mortally wounded.

This week, three vintage Spitfires and one Hurricane conducted an amazing fly-past over central London, and a service was also held at Westminster Abbey as a part of the commemorations to remember the turning point in World War II. It was the venue’s first major event since lockdown, and fewer than 100 guests attended the service due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Difficult words: vintage (something old that is widely recognized important or good quality), commemoration (a ceremony to remember a person or event), venue (the place where something happens).

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