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Norwich’s Battle of Britain spitfire flypast cancelled due to weather conditions

PUBLISHED: 11:42 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:56 11 September 2017

Last year's Spitfire flypast in Norwich. Today's has been cancelled due to the weather. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Last year's Spitfire flypast in Norwich. Today's has been cancelled due to the weather. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

The Battle of Britain Spitfire flypast over Norwich’s City Hall has been cancelled because of the weather.

The flypast was due to take place at midday today, following the Battle of Britain parade this morning.

But the city council said the weather conditions meant the flypast had been cancelled.

The parade marked the start of Battle of Britain week.

Although other days during the battle saw fiercer fighting and heavier losses, 15 September 1940 is the only day when two large daylight raids were made on London.

German intelligence indicated that RAF Fighter Command was on the brink of collapse and it was believed that the raids would provide the knockout blow needed to gain the air superiority sought by Germany’s Luftwaffe.

Instead, the raids were convincingly met by the massed fighters of the RAF. The Luftwaffe lost 60 aircraft and morale was badly shaken.

Nearly 3,000 RAF personnel, known as ‘the few’ took part in the battle, 76 years ago; pilots who were not just British but serving alongside many from other countries such as Czechoslovakia, Poland, South Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, united in their fight against Nazi Germany.

A public Battle of Britain service will take place at Norwich Cathedral on Sunday. Everyone attending is asked to be seated by 10.45am for an 11am start.

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