Battle of Britain 75th anniversary: Remembering Leeds’s heroes of the skies

Re-enactors  James Newton and Gary Hancock in period RAF uniforms awaiting the call of the Scramble Bell. ''Picture: Tony Johnson

Re-enactors James Newton and Gary Hancock in period RAF uniforms awaiting the call of the Scramble Bell. ''Picture: Tony Johnson

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RAF re-enactors celebrated the important role of pilots from Leeds in the Battle of Britain in Victoria Gardens on Saturday.

Staff from Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington, York, brought along a 1937 MG TA Roadster as they re-enacted awaiting the call of the scramble bell.

Formed in 1936 at a Yeadon airfield, 609 West Riding Squadron were based on the west coast during the summer of 1940, when the Battle of Britain raged in the skies.

Ian Richardson, from the museum, said: “The squadron flew with great distinction, taking down 46 enemy aircraft in August alone.

“They were the first squadron to take down 100 enemy aircraft.

“There is a great historic connection between Leeds and the Battle of Britain that is overlooked by some.”

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