Event No. 4: “Battle of Britain over Dorset, 1940” Talk by John Smith

Date(s) - 3 March, 2020
2:30 pm

Spitfire from Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary flypast © Copyright Peter Trimming and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


“Battle of Britain over Dorset, 1940” Talk by John Smith

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we have a return visit today from John Smith, an archaeologist/historian who, in 2018, gave us one of our most popular talks on “Roman Life in South Dorset” He has been studying the Battle of Britain over Dorset since the early 1970’s. When he first started buying books on this subject, he was amazed at just how many flights went over Dorset, Devon and Somerset. At the time of Dunkirk we had no fighter planes in Dorset and only one radar station (at Worth Matravers). The aerial defence of Dorset had to be constructed in June 1940.

John will bring replica aircraft which flew in aerial action over Dorset – Spitfires and Hurricanes and even a German aircraft. In fact, a German aircraft crash-landed on the heathland near Wareham and was taken to Farnborough where it was examined in detail and much was learned from it. There were two major attacks on Portland – the first on 11th August and the second on 25th August when a formation of between 250 – 300 aircraft made the largest single attack ever during the Battle of Britain.

Venue: St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth DT3 5EW (parking is available at the rear of the Church)
Bus service No.10 from Dorchester stops at the Spa Hotel in Weymouth – a short walk from St Aldhelm’s Church Centre

Time: 14:30

Cost: Members £3.00 Non-NTSDA Members £4.00

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St Aldhelm’s Centre
Spa Road

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