The weather in London today is as it was on that day in 1940 when the greatest aerial battle in history reached its climax.
Last night I had the pleasure to attend a banquet at the RAF Museum to honour the Polish, Czech and Slovak pilots who flew as part of the RAF during the Battle.
The Poles were the second largest group of pilots in the RAF during the Battle after the Brits. The highest scoring ace in the battle in the RAF was a Czech Sgt. Josef Frantisek flying with 303 Polish Squadron.
This short clip from the movie Battle of Britain is an essentially accurate portrayal of the way the Polish squadron entered the Battle, by disobeying orders:
As General Patton said in another context: 'It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.'
Thanks to them, enjoy your day.