Commemoration service marks Battle of Britain anniversary

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Commemoration service marks Battle of Britain anniversary

A memorial service was held at the Blenheim War Memorial in Seymour Square on Sunday to mark 80 years since the Battle of Britain.

Royal Air Force (RAF) resistance to the Luftwaffe’s aerial bombing of southern England prevented a German invasion of Britain, a turning point in World War Two. Airmen from all over the Commonwealth, including New Zealand, served in RAF Fighter Command.

Mayor John Leggett welcomed guests, including 32 military personnel from RNZAF Base Woodbourne. Wing Commander Peter De Rungs, the Officer Commanding Base Woodbourne, delivered the keynote address.