The only hope for halting the German bombardment, was the RAF. Pilots’ log book files detail how British fighters intercepted huge numbers of German planes- the reason for this, the mighty Supermarine Spitfire Mk1. Built for high speed manoeuvres, the Spitfire was perfect for attacking the German bombers before they could reach the beaches, enabling the soldiers on the ground to escape. It’s estimated that efforts from the RAF saved over a third of a million soldiers at Dunkirk.

Bremont Ambassador John Romain is Director of the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford Airfield. The company provided and flew some of the planes for the new Blockbuster Christopher Nolan film, Dunkirk, including the only flying Blenheim MKI left in the world.

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