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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – People in Albany commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.     It was a turning point in World War II as Germany realized they would not gain control of British Air Space.   

Albany has a direct connection to the battle.   Britain lost a tremendous number of pilots.     The Royal Air Force trained many replacements in the US.  Two of those sites were in Albany, at Turner Field and Darr Aero Tech which is now Southwest Georgia Regional Airport. 

About five thousand cadets passed through Albany in 1941 and 42.   Seven killed in training accidents are buried at Crown Hill Cemetery.  Bob Drake said, "We have a very special link with Britain and all of the British Commonwealth nations and our guys is just, our aim is to try to keep that memory from fading away."

Pilots trained in Albany have held three reunions here over the years.

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