BNP illustrate “Battle for Britain” using migrant workers

File under “you couldn’t make it up”. The BNP’s 09 election campaign, which they presumably regard as the first step to the road to their promised land of racial purity, is clearly setting out to target migrant workers.Never ones to worry about a hackneyed image they use that iconic image of a Spitfire to illustrate “the Battle for Britain”.

Just one slight problem. The Spitfire they used is one from 303 squadron. Which was made up of Polish airmen who escaped from Nazi occupied France.

John Hemming MP pointed out the lunacy of the BNPs position:

They have a policy to send Polish people back to Poland – yet they are fronting their latest campaign using this plane.

It is absurd to make claims about Englishness and Britishness fronted by this image.

It’s obvious they just picked an image at random and they are really clutching at straws if they say this was deliberate.

For the record on July 1st 1940 Britain had 1103 trained fighter pilots. The RAF role of honour recognises 574 pilots from other countries who fought at least one operational sortie. 145 Poles flew in the Battle of Britain, 30 of whom were killed in action. And to be pedantic it was arguably Hurricanes that “won” the Battle of Britain shooting down many more planes than the Spitfires.

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  • There were approximately 3 times as many Hurricanes deployed in the BoB than Spitfires. Hurricanes tended to be deployed shooting down bombers, whose task it was to destroy airfields RDF (radar) and production. Spitfires tended to be deployed shooting down the Me 109 and Me 110 escorts of the bombers.

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