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House of Commons 4 June 1940. Prime Minister Winston Churchill gives his speech "Wars are not won by evacuations" Dunkirk is still fresh in the nations memory. The RAF has been given a slatting by the stranded soldiers on the beach. Churchill knows that to fight the Battle of Britain he needs the RAF. He needs the public to believe in the RAF. In this speech he says "We must be careful not to assign to this deliverance the attributes of a victory. Wars are not won by evacuations. But there was a victory inside this deliverance, which should be noted. It was gained by the Air Force. Many of our soldiers coming back have not seen the Air Force at work; they only saw the bombers which escaped its protective attack. They underrate its achievements. I have heard much talk of this; that is why I go out of my way to say this." Later on in this speech he says "May it not also be that the cause of civilisation itself will be defended by the skill and devotion of a few thousand airmen? There has never been, I suppose, in all the world, in all the history of war, such an opportunity for youth. The Knights of the Round Table, the Crusaders, all fall back into the past - not only distant but prosaic; these young men, going forth every morn to guard their native land and all that we stand for, holding in their hands these instruments of colossal and shattering power, of whom it may be said that Every morn bought forth a noble chance And every chance bought forth a noble knight, deserve our gratitude, as do all the brave men who, in so many ways and on so many occasions, are ready, and continue ready to give life and all for their native land." The flowing is taken from the Obituaries section of The Independent Newspaper 29 June 2009 written by David McKittrick "Although Wing Commander Kenneth William Mackenzie shot down a number of German planes during and after the Battle of Britain, he will always be remembered for one particular incident over the English Channel. He was flying a Hawker Hurricane, its ammunition spent. His quarry was a Messerschmitt 109 fighter which tried to evade him by diving almost to sea level, intent on heading for France and safety. Mackenzie knocked it into the sea by the extraordinarily dangerous move very definitely not recommended in any training manual of using his planes wing to shear its tail off, sending it spiralling out of control. When the German plane went into the waves, Mackenzie nursed his damaged craft back to England, crash-landing in a field near Folkestone in Kent. His highly unorthodox manoeuvre earned him a Distinguished Flying Cross for skill and gallantry, the awed admiration of colleagues, and the nickname of Super Mac. The incident instantly established him as one of the aces of 501 Squadron, which he had joined ess than two weeks earlier. On the same October 1940 day as he downed the Messerschmitt, he had already shared in another kill over London docks and attacked a further plane. In all, he was to destroy at least eight enemy planes, including half a dozen Messerschmitts and a number of bombers, before being taken prisoner. Even in captivity, he proved a handful for the Germans, making numerous escape attempts." My build will be Airfixs new 1/48 Hurricane of P/O Ken Mackenzie, as my tribute to all the brave Airman who fought in the Battle of Britain 75 years ago.