September 15. Inst’s seven Battle of Britain pilots. Roll of Honour

On this day in 1940, nearly 1,500 aircraft were in the skies over Britain, as the Luftwaffe attacked London. It is regarded as the climax of the Battle of Britain when the tide begins to turn as the Royal Air Force repulses a major Luftwaffe attack, losing 29 aircraft to the Germans’ 57-61. At least seven former students at RBAI (Inst) took part out of the 28 Ulstermen flying with the RAF in the battle. Of these 11 were killed before the end of WW2. Including Ground Crew, a total of 72 men and women from Northern Ireland died during the Battle of Britain. Harry Clarke, aged 92, was the last of the survivors, dying in 2010. Today’s Roll includes the second and third North Irish Horse fatalities in WW1. William Moore enlisted in Limavady and Henry Scott was from Carndonagh. Joseph Hazlett from Moneydig, William McClurg ex RSD, and John McCombe from Clogher returned with Canadian and New Zealand forces. Marjorie Smith, a private in the ATS in WW2 died in 1944.

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