Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain was recognized almost immediately as a significant event. Waged from July to October 1940, it pitted a small group of fighter pilots from around the world against a far larger Luftwaffe. Their victory gave hope to the people of Great Britain and to other freedom-loving nations. History
Radar, a new technology in the late 1930s, was key to winning the Battle of Britain and, eventually, the Second World War.
It became clear by October 1940 that there were not enough personnel to meet the need. Canada agreed to provide the British with trained radar mechanics and officers. By 1944, one third of RAF personnel working on radars were actually RCAF and, in total, about 6,000 RCAF personnel were radar specialists.
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