Churchills praise for RAF Pilots
"Never was so much owed by so many to so few" - Prime Minister Winston Churchill from a speech made on 20th August 1940, in reference to the bravery of the pilots of the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Battle of Britain, the pivotal air battle with the German Luftwaffe with Britain expecting a German invasion.
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Bank holiday at Goodwood
A 'plug and spanner' bank holiday at Goodwood. R. D. Poore in his 3.8 Alfa-Romeo and Leslie Johnson in the E-type 1 1/2 litre E.R.A. top the rise after St. Mary's Corner as they battle for second place behind R. Parnell. After a great struggle Poore just managed to get his nose in front by two seconds. Their high standard of driving was much appreciated by the very large crowds which attended this successful meeting at the Duke of Richmond's aerodrome circuit.
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Gustav Hamel signing receipt for mail, Hendon
The aviator Gustav Hamel in the cockpit of his aeroplane, signing the official receipt for the mail, just before setting out from Hendon Aerodrome to Windsor on the very first airmail flight. The first aerial mail service took place on 9 September 1911 from Hendon to Windsor and back again, and Hamel was the first pilot to arrive. King George V gave permission for the aeroplanes to land in the grounds of Windsor Castle. During September 1911 the Grahame-White company operated an experimental air mail service for two weeks between Hendon and Windsor. As well commemorating the coronation of King George V, and raising money for charity, the event publicised the possibilities of the aeroplane as a means of transport.
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