To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Imperial War Museum Duxford is launching a new Twitter campaign which will enable tweeters to experience RAF Duxford’s Battle of Britain operations as they happened.
Using the operational record books of RAF Duxford and No.19 Squadron as source information, IWM Duxford will tweet the fighter station’s Battle of Britain activities, at the exact date and time that they occurred, from April to October 1940.
This exciting new campaign will give a direct insight into Battle of Britain history, and will show how the campaign built in momentum throughout 1940.
The operational record books are reproduced exactly as they were written during those dark days of 1940, bringing the lost voices of RAF Duxford serving personnel vividly to life in this special anniversary year.
The tweets will show life at RAF Duxford from its daily routines to the fascinating post-combat reports filed with increasing regularity as the Battle of Britain intensified.
The operational record books show, in real time, the milestone events that took place at RAF Duxford, including patrols over Dunkirk, the failure of the cannon-fire Spitfires, the arrival of Czech pilots to form 310 Squadron and the formation of the Duxford ‘Big Wing’.
It describes in detail the sorties carried out by No.19 Squadron and gives tweeters a vivid insight into the pilots’ experiences during the frenetic and adrenalin-fuelled dogfights in the skies over Duxford.
The operational record books also give details regarding the Battle of Britain careers of some of RAF Duxford’s most famous fighter pilots including Douglas Bader, Brian Lane, George ‘Grumpy’ Unwin, Gordon Sinclair, Wallace Cunningham and Frank Brinsden.
Sign up to receive IWM Duxford’s Battle of Britain tweets by going to www.twitter.com/RAFDuxford1940.