September

Each September we remember Britain's declaration of war on Germany marking the beginning of World War Two and the effects it would have on Northern Ireland.

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1st September

On 1st September 1939, the United Kingdom began the blackout that lasted throughout World War Two. In Northern Ireland, the Royal Ulster Rifles mobilised.

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2nd September

On 2nd September 1945, World War Two ended with the Japanese surrender. This day in history saw crashed and medal presentations throughout Northern Ireland.

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3rd September

On 3rd September 1939, Britain declared war on Germany. Within hours, German submarine U-30 sank SS Athenia in the Atlantic killing 117 passengers and crew.

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4th September

On 4th September 1939, Ian Edward Maitland Borley became one of the first casualties of World War Two. At the same time, Ulster MPs pledged their support.

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5th September

On 5th September 1939, Polish pilot Sergeant R Sadowski of RAF 315 Squadron crashed his Mark V Supermarine Spitfire at Ballyhalbert Airfield, Co. Down.

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6th September

Throughout wartime, many personnel from Northern Ireland died on 6th September between 1939 and 1945 including many airmen serving in the Royal Air Force.

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7th September

The Second World War lasted between September 1939 and September 1945. We remember those who died as a result of the conflict on 7th September in each year.

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8th September

On 8th September 1942, USAAF Composite Command took control of Long Kesh Airfield. Across Ulster, many other events took place on this day through wartime.

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9th September

On 9th September 1943, a young Polish airman crashed his Supermarine Spitfire at Ballyhalbert Airfield, Co. Down and escaped uninjured from the wreckage.

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10th September

Gibraltar National Day occurs each year on 10th September. Towards the end of World War Two, thousands of evacuees from The Rock came to Northern Ireland.

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11th September

On 11th September we remember those in or from Northern Ireland who died during the Second World War on this day in history between 1939 and 1945.

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12th September

On 12th September we remember those in or from Northern Ireland who died during the Second World War on this day in history between 1939 and 1945.

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13th September

13th September is a memorable date in wartime history in Northern Ireland from the first bombs of 1940 to Monty's celebratory arrival in Ulster in 1945.

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14th September

On 14th September we remember those in or from Northern Ireland who died during the Second World War on this day in history between 1939 and 1945.

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15th September

15th September marks Battle of Britain Day. We remember those with connections to Northern Ireland who made up part of the Royal Air Force's squadrons.

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16th September

On 16th September, we remember those from Northern Ireland who died in World War Two at locations as far-flung as Normandy, Italy, North Africa, and Burma.

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17th September

17th September 1944 saw the launch of the ill-fated Operation Market Garden. That morning, the Irish Guards' tanks set off on their push towards Eindhoven.

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18th September

The second day of Operation Market Garden on 18th September 1944 saw more Ulster casualties including "Fighting Sid" from Shankill, Belfast, Co. Antrim.

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19th September

The third day of Operation Market Garden on 19th September 1944 saw more Ulster casualties including Co. Londonderry born Guardsman William John McKibbin.

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20th September

On 20th September 1942, Supermarine Spitfire R6992 from RAF Aldergrove, Co. Antrim crashed on the south side of the Irish border at Figullar, Co. Monaghan.

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21st September

21st September 1944 was the fifth day of Operation Market Garden and saw yet more Ulster casualties in land and airborne divisions as fighting continued.

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22nd September

On 22nd September 1942, RAF 41 Squadron arrived at Eglinton Airfield, Co. Londonderry with Mark VB Supermarine Spitfires that took to the skies over Ulster.

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23rd September

On 23rd September 1941, a lengthy discussion took place at Parliament Buildings, Belfast, Co. Down on how best to protect a statue from future air raids.

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24th September

Operation Market Garden was starting to reach an inevitable conclusion by 24th September 1944. On this day, more men with Ulster connections died in Arnhem.

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25th September

25th September 1944 was a dark day in the village of Killycoply, Co. Tyrone. USAAF Private William Harrison Jr. assaulted and murdered a young local girl.

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26th September

On 26th September 1941, War Office Photographer Lieutenant Bainbridge captured an iconic photograph of a young woman serving in the ATS in Northern Ireland.

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27th September

On 27th September we remember those in or from Northern Ireland who died during the Second World War on this day in history between 1939 and 1945.

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28th September

On 28th September we remember those in or from Northern Ireland who died during the Second World War on this day in history between 1939 and 1945.

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29th September

On 29th September 1944, the Belfast Weekly Telegraph reported on an evening of entertainment for locals led by Gibraltarian evacuees in a Co. Antrim camp.

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30th September

On 30th September 1940, Lockheed Hudson T9326 crashed shortly after take off from RAF Aldergove, Co. Antrim on an anti U-Boat patrol with RAF 224 Squadron.