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Britains secret weapon during the Battle of Britain

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Britains secret weapon during the Battle of Britain

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Just eight pilots remain of the Battle of Britain Few | Daily Mail Online




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The Battle of Britain was crucial in preventing a Nazi invasion. Pictured: RAF De Havilland Chipmunk's
Ah! So that was the secret weapon.
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The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has some, so they must be from 1939-45? How could we have won without them?
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Spitmunks, or were they Chipfires
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Unfortunately that probably came about through a journo glancing at the list of bbmf types
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Everyone forgets about the Hurrimunks.
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One of my base captains once said that sitting in a Chippie and opening the throttle was like being in a Spitfire.... for the first half-second.

Chipfires
That's what you get when you forget to turn the gas down.
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Achtung Chipmunk !!

The cry that would strike fear into the hearts of German bomber pilots.
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Not even a picture of RAF Chipmunks but a picture of RAF Chipmunk's
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The men took to the skies in Spitfires, Hurricanes, Blenheims, Beaufighters and Defiants in the summer of 1940 to fend off the Nazis. They shot down plane after plane to hold off an invasion and provide a platform for the Allies to win the war

And the Meteor F8's shown flying past Big Ben, those other wonder weapons used during the Battle.
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I always thought (inevitably) that the Secret Weapon was Radar ... and the C&R system ...

... we have two secret weapons, Radar and C&R and indominatble courage ...

... we have three secret weapons, and we are BRITISH!

... and Free French, and Polish, and Czech, and Aussie, and Kiwi, and Canuck ...

Who do you think you are, Mister Hitler ... ?
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pettinger93 (#93),

The DH Chipmunk did not come into service until 1946 [Wiki]. Our (not-so-secret) weapon was the Chain Home System, without which the BoB could not have been successfully fought.

..."Chain Home proved decisive during the Battle of Britain in 1940"... [Wiki]
 
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Thank you, Danny42C, even though you were excusably late on parade for that particular event

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MPN11 (#13),

Sadly true - but it spurred me (and just about every red-blooded young man in Britain and the Empire) to scurry round to the nearest Recruiting Office and beg, on bended knee, for admission to the RAF to train as a pilot !

Would do it again (in the circs).

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I thought we had the Navy to thank for our survival in 1940?
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Our secret weapon was the Royal Observer Corps.
The Chain Home radar system only looked out to sea. Once the enemy aircraft had crossed the British coastline it was useless.
Only the ROC (or the Observer Corps as it was in 1940) could track both enemy and friendly aircraft and pass that information to the Fighter Command plotters.
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Worked briefly with the ROC at HQ11Gp before they were binned ... a great history! I was able to acquire [where I do not recall] a mountain of ROC Journals covering the war period which I donated to them ... undoubtedly lost to history now.
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....and so it was all decided by a secret spot landing competition.....
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diginagain (#15),

From the "Battle of the Atlantic" [Wiki]:
..."In essence, the Battle of the Atlantic was a tonnage war: the Allied struggle to supply Britain and the Axis attempt to stem the flow of merchant shipping that enabled Britain to keep fighting"...

and.."
From June until October 1940, over 270 Allied ships were sunk: this period was referred to by U-boat crews as "the Happy Time" ("Die Glückliche Zeit").[29] Churchill would later write: "...the only thing that ever frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril"...

I believe that at this time, the Navy had its back to the wall, as tonnage was being sunk faster than it could be replaced...

Any notion that the Navy could divert ships to combat a cross channel invasion without air supremacy is fanciful, Later experience (Malaya ?) showed what happens when surface vessels without air support come within range of a land based enemy air force.

None of this diminishes the heroism of the RN, and of the merchant seamen, which (IMHO) has never been properly acknowledged.
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Your secret weapon was Colossus...
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