A Spitfire and Hurricane from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will once again pay their respects to the men who took part in the Battle at this year’s tribute to ‘the Few’. The BBMF has confirmed that it will again take part in the annual Memorial Day held at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, just outside Folkestone, Kent, to mark the bravery and sacrifice made by the men of the Royal Air Force in 1940.
One of the remaining members of the Few, Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, is hoping to attend, despite the event being just a few weeks before his 101st birthday. Guest of honour will be A M Turner CB CBE, Air Marshal and Deputy Commander Capability, Headquarters Air Command and Air Member for Personnel and Capability.
This year’s event, organised as always by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, will take place on Sunday 7 July and will mark the 79th anniversary of the Battle that saw the Luftwaffe defeated and Hitler abandon his plans to invade this country.
Alongside the Service of Commemoration there will be band displays by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and by Kent Wing of the Air Training Corps, which will also give an arms drill display. The day will end with a Sunset Ceremony at 4pm.
The General Salute at the start of the service at 1.30pm will be marked by a flypast by the BBMF’s Spitfire and Hurricane, which will return at 3pm for the flying display that is one of the highlights of the day. As always, both appearances are subject to weather and aircraft serviceability.
Standard bearers from many ex-service organisations will be on parade to add their usual colourful presence to the event.
This year’s event will mark 25 years since Wing Commander Geoffrey Page – one of the Few and the original driving force behind the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne – invited members of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association to the first Memorial Day in 1994. www.battleofbritainmemorial.org