The 'Spitfire Summer' of 1940
After the German breakthrough on the Western Front in the spring of 1940 the summertime in Britain that year later became known as 'Spitfire Summer'. This was because of the 'Battle of Britain' with the RAF battling against the German Luftwaffe to control the skies above Britain. While there were other aircraft in combat against the Luftwaffe at this stage in the war (notably the 'Hurricane') it was the 'Spitfire', and the young pilots in control of them, that most people remember.
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