Battle of Britain commemorations in Hobart

PAST and present Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) members, veterans, dignitaries and members of the community attended Battle of Britain commemorations in Hobart last month.

A service at St David’s Cathedral and a wreath laying at the Hobart Cenotaph were held in September on the 74th anniversary of the decisive air conflict of the Battle of Britain to pay tribute to those who have served and those who continue to serve Australia in the RAAF and Allied Air Forces.

The Battle of Britain occurred during World War II in 1940 and was the first great air battle in the history of armed conflict conducted largely by aerial forces.

More than 500 allied pilots died during the battle, including 14 Australians.

Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer represented the Tasmanian Government at both services and paid homage to allied services, past and present.

“The commemorations are a chance to remember and honour those who gave up their lives to give us freedom and to pay our respects to the men and women in the RAAF today for their continued commitment to protecting our country,” she said.

The commemorations coincided with the centenary of the first powered flight in Tasmania by Delfosse Badgery, who took off in his biplane from the Hobart Showgrounds.

To celebrate the aviation milestone the RAAF Roulettes provided the city with an impressive aerobatic display.

“The Roulettes certainly added to the occasion and created quite the spectacle from every vantage point, demonstrating just how far aviation has advanced over the past 100 years,” Ms Archer said.

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