Plan your visit, see when the RAF Museum Cosford is open. Contact us on 01902 376 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Enjoy lunch in Refuel with views overlooking the airfield. The Cold War Cafe in the National Cold War Exhibition is ideal for morning coffee and a cake.
The Royal Air Force Museum Shop has a gift for everyone from pocket money toys to specialist aviation gifts.
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Discover our brand new green space in which to picnic and relax
Explore our brand new outdoor playground
We now have six charging points for electric vehicles
When you need to refuel during your visit why not visit Claude's between Hangars 2 and 6? At this eatery you will find a variety of delicious home-made offerings to suit all tastes and pockets
Step back into time and onto Lancaster Bomber 'G for George' to witness this iconic campaign
Sit in our Mk16 Spitfire and receive a tour of its cockpit or try out our new virtual reality experience and pilot your own Spitfire. Charges apply.
Specially created for visitors 3 - 8 by our Access and Learning Team
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"...I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin..."
Winston S Churchill
In the United Kingdom the Battle of Britain is recognised officially as having taken place between 10th July and 31st October 1940.
The Germans do not recognise these dates in the same way.
Different historians have described the progress of the Battle in different ways, but it is possible to identify five main phases,
which started soon after the Luftwaffe had regrouped and consolidated its position following the defeat of France. Although they
have been given precise dates one phase often drifted into the next and they should not be treated as hard and fast.
Battle of Britain - Phase One
26th June to 16th July
Scattered and limited day and night attacks and mine-laying sorties, directed mainly against ports and shipping and towns with aircraft factories.
Battle of Britain - Phase Two
17th July to 12th August
Increasing and larger daylight attacks against shipping in the English Channel, ports along the South and East coasts and some coastal airfields, with increased night attacks against the West, Midlands, and East Coast, RAF facilities and the aircraft industry.
Battle of Britain - Phase Three
13th August - 6th September
Large-scale daylight attacks against RAF airfields in South-East England, with the object of exhausting the RAF' ability to provide a defence. Night attacks continued.
Battle of Britain - Phase Four
7th September - 2nd October
Large-scale day and night attacks against London.
Battle of Britain - Phase Five
3nd October - 31st October
Smaller scale daylight fighter-bombers attacks while large-scale night attacks continued mainly against London.
This was also the start of what came to be called the 'Blitz' on the capital and against other cities and towns, which lasted until May 1941.
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