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Docklands memorial for courageous airmen

Published: Saturday 25th of October 2008

London's Museum in Docklands has unveiled a tribute to the heroes of one of the most famous events in the Second World War: the Battle of Britain.

World-famous sculptor Paul Day's exquisitely-detailed bronze maquette is on loan from the Battle of Britain Historical Society and was unveiled by Lord Mayor of Westminster and former Conservative Party chairman Lord Tebbit.

One of only two of its kind, the work features details from the Battle of Britain Monument on Victoria Embankment, which was unveiled to the world in 2005 by HRH Prince Charles.

The Battle of Britain took place between June and October 1940, as the British RAF fought back against Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe and was the first battle to take place exclusively between air forces in the war.

Britain's victory marked the first defeat of Hitler's military forces of the entire war and is seen by many as the event which convinced the US that Britain could survive the war and should be supported against the Nazis.

The Museum in Docklands is located at West India Quay, only a few minutes from Canary Wharf, one of the tallest buildings in the UK.

LondonPass holders can enjoy free general admission to the Museum in Docklands, saving £5 off the adult price.

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