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BRAVE Brits were honoured yesterday at a memorial service marking the 70th anniversary of the Blitz.

The event was held to give praise to the pilots, firefighters, nurses and ambulance staff who protected the country during the devastating wartime raids by Nazi bombers.

More than 2500 people packed into London's St Paul's Cathedral for the service which also remembered those who fought in the Battle of Britain.

The memorial was followed by a parade and a flypast by the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - consisting of a Spitfire, a Lancaster bomber and a Dakota aircraft.

The blitz began on September 7, 1940, and continued for a total of 57 consecutive nights.

Apart from London, other important military and industrial centres including Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Portsmouth and Manchester were also heavily attacked, while Hull was reduced to ruins.

Hitler had hoped the attacks would "soften up" the British population and destroy morale before the planned invasion by German troops.

But the switch to civilian targets proved to be one of the turning points of the war, allowing the RAF a chance to rebuild their battered planes.

Air attacks on the UK tailed off after May 1941 when a frustrated Hitler turned his attention to the battle with Russia.

More than 43,000 civilians around the UK were killed during the Blitz.


TRIBUTE: Veterans at the ceremony, above and, right, during the flypast
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Date:Sep 8, 2010
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