Buckingham Palace was almost destroyed (9/10)

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The Battle of Britain saw an extremely fierce and deadly bombing of the civillian population of London, and a great many buildings were destroyed. During one of the most crucial points in the battle, a British fighter pilot named Sergeant Ray Holmes spotted a German bomber flying in the direction of Buckingham palace. Despite realising that he had no ammunition left in his aircraft, Holmes most bravely resolved to intervene, ramming his own plane into the German bomber and taking it out of the skies for good. Miraculously, he survived the ordeal, managing to escape from his plane before it was destroyed, and he was praised as a national hero for his efforts in averting a potential royal tragedy.

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