On This Day… October 28th
Following the theme of downed Battle of Britain aircraft, here is the first Luftwaffe plane to be brought down on British soil.
The Heinkel was flying with a Luftwaffe squadron who had been dispatched to destroy Royal Navy vessels in the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh (my home town).
The RAF sent Spitfires from 602 & 603 squadron to meet the attack over the fields of East Lothian in Scotland. 25 year old Archie McKellar was among those on interception duty and he shot down the first German casualties of the Battle of Britain on October 28, 1939.
These next two images are well known to me following a marathon Enterprise build last year. These two photos were taken on the hangar deck of the Big E on the 28th October 1941.
The gorgeous lines of the USS Iowa as she sails into Pearl on October 28, 1952.
Lastly, October 28th is ‘Oxi’ (no!) day in Greece. This celebrates the start of the war with Italy in 1940 after the Greek government refused to bow to Mussolini and Hitler’s demands to capitulate to the Axis powers. Churchill famously said, “hence, we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks”