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A Hero of the Battle of Britain

Flight Sergeant Ray Holmes ran out of ammunition when he was in the thick of a 'dog-fight' over London on Sunday, 15 September, 1940.  So he decided to ram his Hurricane fighter into a Dornier bomber.  This caused both planes to crash, but Holmes and some of the crew members of the bomber managed to bail out.  Holmes landed near the Oval Cricket Ground and it is said that he then called in at a nearby pub for a quick pint.  All this caught the imagination of the public and he was feted as having saved Buckingham Palace from being attacked.