Vintage World War II fighter planes will fly over London to pay tribute to “the few”, pilots who defended the country from German attack during the Battle of Britain.

Between July and October 1940, Royal Air Force fighter squadrons battled German bombers that pounded Britain’s cities and airfields as preparation for a planned invasion.

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s rousing House of Commons speech in which he said of the air crews that “never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Actor Robert Hardy will read the speech at a ceremony attended by Churchill’s granddaughter and Battle of Britain veterans, followed by a fly over of Spitfire and Hurricane fighters.

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