A DOZEN Spitfires took to the skies above Yorkshire and Humberside this afternoon, to mark the anniversary of a major battle from the Second World War.

Four Spitfires from the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight and eight privately-owned aircraft took off from Humberside Airport and split into groups to fly over villages, cities and towns across the region.

The flight marked the 75th anniversary of Unternehmen Adlerangriff - Operation Eagle Attack - which was the German attempt to destroy the Royal Air Force. The attack failed due to the efforts of the RAF, and the ensuing engagements became known as the Battle Of Britain.

People gathered outside homes and businesses around the region to watch the flypasts, with praise and pictures quickly circulating on social media.

Squadron Leader Martin Morris, from the RAF Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight, said: "We had 12 aircraft, which was fantastic.

"Judging by the Twittersphere and all the phone calls and messages I've had the reaction has been absolutely incredible. I'm quite taken aback by the level of interest. I knew in my heart of hearts it was going to be something special, but I never expected this."