Take part in Battle of Britain mosaic

Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Mosaic
Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary Mosaic

At first sight this looks like an ordinary photo of a Hurricane and Spitfire fighter flying almost side by side - but it is in fact a mosaic made up of thousands of important photographs.

This is the latest incredible project to commemorate those who took part in the Battle of Britain in 1940 and readers are being asked to contribute their own photos to make up the interactive digital mosaic.

The sight of these planes flying over the Lincolnshire skies are a regular scene as the Battle of Britain Memorial flights operate from RAF Coningsby.

The 75th anniversary Battle of Britain Commemorative Mosaic pictured here has been originally composed of RAF archive images which are replaced as members of the public upload to the Royal Air Force website their own photos. These can either be ‘selfies,’ group photos or of a family member who fought in World War Two.

Once a photo is on the mosaic it can be easily located using a search button on the mosaic web page. It’s expected that in September, as part of the commemorations, a large artwork poster of the mosaic composed by uploaded photos will be reproduced and exhibited in the RAF Museum in North London.

The RAF says it wants to give a great opportunity for the public to acknowledge and offer a fitting tribute to all, including those from the Commonwealth and occupied countries such as France and Poland, who fought and gave so much and sometimes everything to defend Britain.

It is hoped the mosaic will raise awareness not only of ‘the few’ (the pilots and aircrew that fought in the battle) but also ‘the many’ - the often unsung others whose contribution during the Battle of Britain was also vital to the RAF’s victory in the skies above Britain.

To upload a photo to the Battle of Britain Commemorative Mosaic go to www.raf.mod.uk/mosaic