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The hit United Artists film, Battle of Britain, opened in Chicago in fou rarea theatres on Friday, October 31, 1969. The film was rated "G."
The RAF had been resoundingly beaten by the Luftwaffe during the opening battles of World War 2 but by 1940 had learned from their combat experiences and adjusted their tactics. The air battles in France and Norway had largely been fought by the Hurricane which was slightly inferior to its' German equivalent, the ME109. However by the time of the Battle of Britain large numbers of Spitfires were available which were slightly superior (the unofficial tactic was for Spitfires to take on the ME109s whilst the Hurricanes took on the bombers). The German aircraft were operating at the edge of their range giving them limited combat time due to lack of fuel whilst the RAF were on their home territory and had no such restrictions. German fighters were forced to escort their bombers whilst RAF fighters were free to operate independently. The RAF had primitive radar allowing them to know the time and location of German raids whilst any RAF pilots who survived being shot down would return to combat but Luftwaffe pilots would become prisoners of war.
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