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The dominance of British aircraft during World War II played a major part in the survival and eventual victory of the allied forces Predominantly two designs of aircraft were the most popular powerful and principal aircraft in the Royal Air Force RAF These were the Avro Lancaster a heavy bomber responsible for many night-time raids into Germany and the Supermarine Spitfire which is said to be one of the most powerful fighters of its time These two airplanes became the embodiment of British determination and vigour during their time in the air in World War II They became the identity of the British people reinforcing the idea of British ingenuity willpower and endurance through these terrible times To become these heroic symbols of British determination these two aircraft undertook two different but both very influential missions all in the name of mother Britain These were the bombing of the Ruhr dams more aptly known as the Dambusters by the specially selected 617 Lancaster Squadron and the last defence of the British mainland by the RAF typically exemplified by the Supermarine Spitfire While these individual missions had varying physical impacts to the German armies and air force Luftwaffe the psychological influence that was bestowed upon the British people gave them new hope and reiterated one of Churchills first speeches which stated that we the British people shall fight on the seas and oceans we the British people shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air we the British people shall defend our Island whatever the cost may be we the British people shall fight on the beaches we the British people shall fight on the landing grounds we the British people shall fight in the fields and in the streets we the British people shall fight in the hills we the British people shall never surrender This surety and steadfast determination that was presented by Churchill was encompassed by the Lancaster and
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