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Spitfire flyover to mark Battle of Britain

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/09/2016

An iconic image of the Battle of Britain will be seen over Wellington when New Zealand remembers one of the key military campaigns of World War 2.

A Spitfire fighter plane will to fly over the capital on Thursday as part of commemorations to mark the 76th anniversary of an aerial conflict that raged over Britain in 1940.

About 135 New Zealanders were involved in the Battle of Britain as part of the Royal Air Force's Fighter Command.

The flyover will follow a ceremony at the National War Memorial, where Air Vice-Marshal Tony Davies, the Chief of Air Force, will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

September 15, 1940, is officially named Battle of Britain Day, being the day the RAF turned the tide decisively against the German Luftwaffe.

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