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75 Years Ago - The Battle Of Britain

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 04:37 PM

Hi guys,just a little history about my local Air Museum,once 75years ago contributed to the defence of the UK during the Battle of Britian .Then known as RAF Usworth..In June of 1940 607 SQN received their first ten Huuricanes along with additional planes to replace the ones lost in France when the 607 SQN was based over there for a short time.On August the 15Th 1940 Usworth was singled out as a primary target by the Luftwaffe and on this day a large formation Heinkels HE111s of KG26 ,inadequately escorted by ME110s of Zg76 were detected approaching the NorthEast coast,At 1.30pm on the 15th of August 607sqn was scrambled to intercept the formation along with Spitfires from no 72sqn based at Acklington just further north of Usworth ,the Enemy bombers were engaged off the the Farne Islands near Seahouses,Both 607 and 72SQNS were heavily out numbered by the escorting Me110S of ZG76,the formation then split up one headed for Tyneside and the other headed south towards Usworth Airodrome.72SQN attacked the formation heading for Tynside claiming several destroyed while no 607 encountered the other formation over Seaham harbour,607 claimed eight HE111s and seven ME110s with out the loss of any Hurricanes.On January the16TH 1941 607 SQNLeft Usworh when it relocated to MacMerry in Scotland,from that date fighter defences were based at nearby RAF Ouston and until the end of the war Usworth was used primarily as a training station.
Thanks for your time guys regards and all the best...
Keith.





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