In 1940 Britain stood alone with only the RAF and the English Channel between and expected invasion from the enemy that had marched through most of Europe. In order for an invasion of Great Britain to go-ahead, the German Air Force, known as the Luftwaffe, had to neutralise the RAF and take control of the skies above the south east of England. From the 10th of July 1940 until the 30th of October 1940 the might of the enemy raged overhead in what has been called the ‘greatest aerial conflict ever’. Despite overwhelming odds, the aircrews and groundcrews remained steadfast.
The Biggin Hill Sector formed a crucial part of Fighter Command’s 11 Group, defending London and the South-East. With three squadrons at Biggin Hill, each flying three to four times a day between July and October, the station saw the departure and return of over 1000 sorties during the battle.
The role RAF Biggin Hill played in the War is respected around the world and the story of Britain’s most famous fighter station is told through the personal experiences of those who served here and the community that supported them at the RAF Biggin Hill Museum and Chapel.
We remember with pride and gratitude Churchill’s Few who flew with skill and courage from RAF Biggin Hill throughout the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940, supported by dedicated ground crews and operational staff and recognise in particular the key role that they played in securing the defence of the realm and freedom from tyranny.
The museum is situated on the same site as St George’s RAF Chapel of Remembrance, dedicated to preserving the legacy who served and died at Biggin Hill during the Second World War.