Spitfires and hurricanes fly past to mark the Battle of Britain's hardest day

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Spitfires and hurricanes fly past to mark the Battle of Britain's hardest day
BIGGIN HILL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Tony Pickering, who served as a Hurricane pilot in the World War Two, poses for a photograph next to a Hurricane on August 18, 2015 in Biggin Hill, England. Aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southern England to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain's 'Hardest Day' when Biggin Hill and other South East military bases came under attack from the German Luftwaffe. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Spitfires fly as they take part in a commemoration day of the Battle of Britain, at Biggin Hill airport in Kent, England, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. 23 planes, hurricanes and spitfires were flown to commemorate the 'Hardest Day' during the Battle of Britain in 1940. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
BIGGIN HILL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: A historical reenactor watches a fly past on August 18, 2015 in Biggin Hill, England. Aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southern England to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain's 'Hardest Day' when Biggin Hill and other South East military bases came under attack from the German Luftwaffe. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Re-enactors look up to watch the flying display in a commemoration day of the Battle of Britain, at Biggin Hill airport in Kent, England, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. 23 planes, hurricanes and spitfires were flown to commemorate the 'Hardest Day' during the Battle of Britain in 1940. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Spitfires fly as they take part in a commemoration day of the Battle of Britain, at Biggin Hill airport in Kent, England, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. 23 planes, hurricanes and spitfires were flown to commemorate the 'Hardest Day' during the Battle of Britain in 1940. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A spitfire lands after performing in a display flight commemoration day of the Battle of Britain, at Biggin Hill airport in Kent, England, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. 23 planes, hurricanes and spitfires were flown to commemorate the 'Hardest Day' during the Battle of Britain in 1940. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Re-enactors in pilots uniforms stand near Hurricanes and Spitfires before a flying display in a commemoration day of the Battle of Britain, at Biggin Hill airport in Kent, England, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. 23 planes, hurricanes and spitfires were flown to commemorate the 'Hardest Day' during the Battle of Britain in 1940. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A crew member prepares a Spitfire aircraft at Biggin Hill airfield in south-east England, on August 18, 2015. World War II aircraft including 18 Spitfires and 6 Hurricanes flew over southeast England Tuesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain. August 18, 1940, became known as the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain, as British planes experienced the most intense conflict with the German Luftwaffe above the skies of southern England, with both sides losing a total of 136 aircraft in one day. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
An historical reenactor stands in front of Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft at Biggin Hill airfield in south-east England, on August 18, 2015. World War II aircraft including 18 Spitfires and 6 Hurricanes flew over southeast England Tuesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain. August 18, 1940, became known as the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain, as British planes experienced the most intense conflict with the German Luftwaffe above the skies of southern England, with both sides losing a total of 136 aircraft in one day. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
BIGGIN HILL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Spitfires and Hurricanes perform a fly past on August 18, 2015 in Biggin Hill, England. Aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southern England to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain's 'Hardest Day' when Biggin Hill and other South East military bases came under attack from the German Luftwaffe. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Battle of Britain veteran, pilot First Officer Mary Ellis, poses with a Spitfire aircraft at Biggin Hill airfield in Kent, on August 18, 2015. World War II aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southeast England to mark the 75th anniversary of the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain. August 18, 1940, became known as the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain, as British planes experienced the most intense conflict with the German Luftwaffe above the skies of southern England, with both sides losing a total of 136 aircraft in one day. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Flames are seen from the exhaust pipes of a Hurricane aircraft as the engine is started before taking off from Biggin Hill airfield in Kent, on August 18, 2015. World War II aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southeast England to mark the 75th anniversary of the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain. August 18, 1940, became known as the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain, as British planes experienced the most intense conflict with the German Luftwaffe above the skies of southern England, with both sides losing a total of 136 aircraft in one day. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Men dressed in WWII clothing re-enact a 'scramble' to awaiting Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft at Biggin Hill airfield in Kent, on August 18, 2015. World War II aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southeast England to mark the 75th anniversary of the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain. August 18, 1940, became known as the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain, as British planes experienced the most intense conflict with the German Luftwaffe above the skies of southern England, with both sides losing a total of 136 aircraft in one day. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Spitfire aircraft fly over Biggin Hill airfield in Kent, on August 18, 2015. World War II aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southeast England to mark the 75th anniversary of the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain. August 18, 1940, became known as the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain, as British planes experienced the most intense conflict with the German Luftwaffe above the skies of southern England, with both sides losing a total of 136 aircraft in one day. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
BIGGIN HILL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Mary Ellis (C), an Air Transport Auxiliary pilot in World War Two, poses for a photograph with other veterans on August 18, 2015 in Biggin Hill, England. Aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southern England to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain's 'Hardest Day' when Biggin Hill and other South East military bases came under attack from the German Luftwaffe. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
BIGGIN HILL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Spitfires and Hurricanes perform a fly past on August 18, 2015 in Biggin Hill, England. Aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southern England to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain's 'Hardest Day' when Biggin Hill and other South East military bases came under attack from the German Luftwaffe. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Men dressed in WWII clothing re-enact a 'scramble' to awaiting Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft at Biggin Hill airfield in Kent, on August 18, 2015. World War II aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southeast England to mark the 75th anniversary of the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain. August 18, 1940, became known as the 'hardest day' of the Battle of Britain, as British planes experienced the most intense conflict with the German Luftwaffe above the skies of southern England, with both sides losing a total of 136 aircraft in one day. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
BIGGIN HILL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Historical reenactors chat next to vintage vehicles on August 18, 2015 in Biggin Hill, England. Aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southern England to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain's 'Hardest Day' when Biggin Hill and other South East military bases came under attack from the German Luftwaffe. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
BIGGIN HILL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: A visitor walks between aircraft on August 18, 2015 in Biggin Hill, England. Aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southern England to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain's 'Hardest Day' when Biggin Hill and other South East military bases came under attack from the German Luftwaffe. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
BIGGIN HILL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Historical reenactors relax on August 18, 2015 in Biggin Hill, England. Aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southern England to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain's 'Hardest Day' when Biggin Hill and other South East military bases came under attack from the German Luftwaffe. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
BIGGIN HILL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Pilots walk past Hurricanes and Spitfires on August 18, 2015 in Biggin Hill, England. Aircraft including 18 Spitfires and six Hurricanes flew over southern England to mark 75 years since the Battle of Britain's 'Hardest Day' when Biggin Hill and other South East military bases came under attack from the German Luftwaffe. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
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Tuesday marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain's 'Hardest Day'. During World War II, the date was named 'The Hardest Day' because it was the toughest air-fought battle in Britain thus far. Both sides suffered immeasurable losses, and by September, Hitler's forces had given up on trying to acquire the British airspace.

In Biggin Hill, over 20 aircrafts from the era did a flyby in classic formations, with over 3,000 spectators and special invitations for veterans of the battle 75 years ago. Take a look at the incredible images from the ceremony.

Spitfires and Hurricanes Roar Overhead to Mark Battle of Britain Anniversary


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