Column: Second World War Spitfires

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: Second World War Spitfires

Snippet: Seventy-five years ago, Nazi Germany launched Operation Sealion. Adolf Hitler’s objective was to capture the air space over Southern Britain and the English Channel by destroying the British air force and aircraft industry. He believed this was a stepping stone to his ultimate goal of invading Britain. The British Royal Air Force had other plans.

What would become known in history as The Battle of Britain was fought from July to October 1940. Germany had more than 1,350 bombers and 1,200 fighters at their disposal. Radar stations, airfields and towns became their targets.

The period known as the London Blitz began on September 7th. On that day, 348 bombers escorted by 617 fighters bombarded London from 4 pm to 6 pm. Guided by fires in the city, a second assault began at 8 pm and continued until 4:30 the next morning. For the next 57 days, London was bombed either by day or by night. The German attacks on the city would continue until May 11, 1941.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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