An RAF fighter station in England during the Battle of Britain, World War II, 16th August 1940. Two Polish pilots stationed with the RAF give the OK sign. On the left is Sergeant Glowacki, who has shot down one aircraft, whilst his companion has shot down two.
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Seventy-six years ago, on September 15 1940, the Royal Air Force (RAF) claimed victory over the German Luftwaffe following a fierce aerial battle that came to be known as the Battle of Britain.
2,500 Luftwaffe aircrew were killed in the battle, leaving military commanders to rethink their strategy, after which would follow 'The Blitz'.
Although the eight-month bombing campaign failed to significantly damage Britain's military operations, more than 40,000 civilians were killed, with huge damage done to some British cities, such as Coventry.