Four Spitfire planes roared in the skies over Doncaster and a host of other towns and villages across Yorkshire, the Midlands and Lincolnshire this afternoon for a dramatic World War Two tribute.
Aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight were joined by private Spitfire owners to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Unternehmen Adlerangriff, the German operation to destroy the Royal Air Force in World War II.
The four planes flew across the town centre before swooping in the direction of Scunthorpe at around 4.40pm.
Up to 13 Spitfires launched from Humberside Airport and split into three sections of aircraft to fly over as many villages, towns and cities as fuel would allow, enabling the public to see and hear these wonderful historic aircraft and remember the sacrifices made by the young men of Fighter Command 75 years ago.
The destruction of the Royal Air Force would have cleared the way for the invasion of Britain. The German attacks on 13th August 1940 inflicted significant damage and casualties on the ground but they did not make a significant impression of Fighter Command’s ability to defend British air space.
The engagements resulting from Adlertag became known as the Battle of Britain.