On This Day 10 July

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-07-10
In 988 Dublin was founded; In 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie fled to the Isle of Skye; in 1967 NZ moved to the dollar from the pound and in 1991 Yeltsin was sworn in as the 1st President. Learn more about the Battle of Britain which began in 1940

She was their sweetheart as they were starting the Battle of Britain in 1940 and we honour her today at her funeral in 2020 - the truly BOLD Dame Vera Lynn.

She will be honoured with a flypast today at 11.40GMT in Ditchling, East Sussex.

Her funeral takes place on the same day that the Battle of Britain officially started in 1940. The Royal Air Force Museum break the Battle into 5 phases.

Phase one

From the 26th of June to the 16th of July which comprised targeted attacks against shipping ports and towns and towns with aircraft factories.

Phase two

From the 17th of July to the 12th of August. The attacks increased during both daytime and nighttime. In particular attacks against shipping in the English Channel.

Phase three

From the 13th of August to the 6th of September. There were large-scale attack against RAF airfields in the South-East.

Phase four

From the 7th of September to the 2nd of October. Continued day and night attacks against London.

Phase five

From the 3rd of October to the 31st of October. Daylight attacks reduced, however nighttime attacks continued on London starting the 'Blitz' which went until May 1941.


Massive casualties and losses

  • 1542 aircrew killed and 422 wounded
  • 1744 aircraft destroyed
  • 14286 civilians killed and 20325 injured

Timeline Documentary (48 minutes) on the Battle of Britain

Other events on this day

  • 988: founding of City of Dublin
  • 1746: Bonnie Prince Charlie fled in disguise to Isle of Skye
  • 1940: Battle of Britain began
  • 1967: NZ adopted the dollar which replaced the pound
  • 1985: Rainbow Warrior is sunk in Auckland harbour
  • 1991: Boris Yeltsin sworn into office as the first elected President of Russia
  • 2019: VW ended production of the Beetle which was introduced in 1938
  • 2020: Dame Vera Lynn's funeral
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