Battle of Atlantic London Flypast (Heritage)
In a spectacular fly past over Central London and the Commando Helicopter Carrier HMS Illustrious, moored at Greenwich, a legendary World War II Swordfish bi-plane from the RN Historic Flight, lead a formation of today’s Naval aircraft to mark the 70th Anniversary of the of the Battle of Atlantic.
Making up the rest of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) formation were four helicopters, two representing each Royal Naval Air Station. A CHF Commando Sea King and Maritime Lynx from RNAS Yeovilton and a Merlin anti-submarine hunter from 814 NAS and a Search and Rescue Sea King from 771 NAS, both from RNAS Culdrose.
2013 marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest continuous military campaign of World War II. The FAA played a crucial role in which over 40 Naval Air Squadrons flew some of the most hazardous missions imaginable during the arduous six year campaign, providing vital air cover for convoys. The campaign demonstrated the enduring importance of control of the sea that providing a highway to transport raw materials, munitions, and men between the USA and the UK over the North Atlantic. The Battle of the Atlantic was pivotal to the success of the Allies in World War II, maintaining the nation’s security following the fall of Europe.