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“Never in the field of human conflict was so much been owed by so many to so few,” Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously declared on August 20, 1940. The pitched battle for control of the British skies that had been raging since July between the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe would soon evolve from the tactical to strategic and then to an all-out attempt by the Germans to produce a quick victory by bombing British cities into submission. However, by September 15, after the Luftwaffe’s final attempt to annihilate the RAF failed, the tide of the battle had turned, culminating in a key defensive victory for Britain. 

Below are five of the “few” who helped to save Britain.