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Battle of Britain flypast captured in Suffolk and Essex

PUBLISHED: 11:13 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 16:40 15 September 2015

Battle of Britain memorial flight over Ipswich

Battle of Britain memorial flight over Ipswich

A historic flypast marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain took place earlier today with Second World War planes flying over Suffolk and Essex.

The two Spitfires and the Seafire during the Battle of Britain flypast over Bentwaters. The two Spitfires and the Seafire during the Battle of Britain flypast over Bentwaters.

Around 40 planes, the largest fleet of Battle of Britain aircraft since the Second World War, from all over the world took off from Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, flying in formation before dispersing across wartime airfields in the south of England to commemorate the day historians consider to be the turning point in the conflict.

Despite poor weather at Goodwood delaying the flypast by two hours, as the planes flew over the region, there were clear blue skies as people looked up to mark the moment.

Three spitfires were seen flying over Braintree, Colchester, Ipswich and Martlesham Heath as pilots made their way to former RAF and USAF airbase Bentwaters.

Dozens of people headed to the airbase to watch the flypast.

Three other flying sections flew from West Sussex to Duxford, and were seen over Chelmsford, Witham, Sudbury and Haverhill.

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Sue Crowe, who captured the aircraft flying over Great Notley, near Braintree, said: “I took them flying over the playing field in the village of Black Notley, just on the outskirts of Braintree.

“I took my camera in the hope I might see the fly past and they flew overhead.

“I lost my father Tom Perkins on January 1 this year – he was in the RAF for eight years just after the Second World War and was a great plane enthusiast, so it brought a tear to my eye as he would have loved to have seen them.”

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