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June 2024

On the 6th of June, we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.

Australians played a small but important role in the Allied liberation of Europe from Nazi Occupation, with approximately 3,200 servicemen serving in ships, on the ground, and in the air. Our nation's main contribution was to provide air support, with thousands of airmen flying with the Australian and English Air Force. Most notably, No. 453 Squadron, RAAF, was the only Australian unit to serve in Normandy, taking to the skies in Spitfire fighter planes on D-Day.

This month, we invite you to explore our Spitfire range in honour of their service and sacrifice.

We commemorate: D-Day

D-Day was described by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as “much the greatest thing we have ever attempted”.

Learn more about the importance of D-Day and the small but crucial role played by Australian military forces.

Spitfires on the Continent

No. 453 Squadron, RAAF, was the only Australian unit to serve in Normandy. But this distinction came at a heavy cost.

To learn more, read the article "Spitfires on the Continent" by military historian Dr Karl James.

Image credits: AWM 128303, AWM UK1426.