18 Apr 2017

Unique film highlights the importance of the Dowding System

Discover how important our wartime command and control system was to the RAF’s success in the Battle of Britain at a special film screening this weekend.

The Dowding System is the next of our Spring Talks Series, planned for this Sunday, 23 April, in The Wing at the Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne. Places are limited but some tickets are still available.

This fascinating recent film, produced by The Association of RAF Fighter Control Officers, explains how the original system of air command and control played a major role in the nation’s victory in 1940.

The Dowding System, the first air command and control system of its kind, made a decisive contribution to victory in the air during the Battle of Britain and throughout World War Two.

The airmen and airwomen who operated the system played a crucial role in delivering victory and were a vital part of Fighter Command’s capability.

The film uses interviews with veterans and other material to explain The Dowding System, reveal how Dowding’s foresight gave Britain an additional resource and highlight how the system developed as the war progressed.

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29 Mar 2017

Looking ahead to Memorial Day

We are already getting excited about our most important event of the year – Memorial Day – and we want you to join us. The Trust recalls the heroes of the Battle of Britain each year by holding a commemorative parade and service on a Sunday close to the start of the Battle. This year […]… Read more

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24 Mar 2017

Excitement builds for first of our spring talks

Don’t miss out on the first of our new series of talks being held in the fantastic surrounds of The Wing at the Battle of Brtiain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne. Sunday 26 March sees the much-anticipated visit of George Taylor, whose talk on popular music of the second world war will be accompanied by recorded examples. The […]… Read more

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8 Mar 2017

Don’t miss Memorial Day – the highlight of our year

Planning is well underway for this July’s annual Memorial Day parade and service, the highlight of every year for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust. While the increasing frailty of the remaining veterans – the men Churchill immortalised as “the Few” – increasingly limits the number who are able to attend, they remain the focal […]… Read more

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19 Dec 2016

Spring talks and presentations unveiled

The curtain may have only just fallen on the last of this autumn’s impressive talks at The Wing, but trustee Andy Simpson has already put together an equally exciting line up for next spring. Wartime advances in eye surgery, the Dowding System and the popular music of the time are all covered in a series […]… Read more

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7 Nov 2016

Last chance to catch one of our autumn talks

Our successful series of autumn talks at The Wing comes to an end on Sunday 20 November when Commander Colin Tozer RN (rtd) introduces the most intriguingly titled talk to date. “A choppy passage in the Royal Navy – how I accidentally sank an enemy submarine” gives just a hint of what promises to be […]… Read more

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6 Nov 2016

Join us on Remembrance Day

A traditional Service of Remembrance will be held at the Battle of Britain Memorial at 11am this coming Friday, 11 November. The service will be held at the National Memorial to the Few, the central feature of the site at Capel-le-Ferne, and will be attended by a number of Standard Bearers. Members of the public […]… Read more

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26 Oct 2016

Book your place now for Sunday’s talk

Group Captain Patrick Tootal OBE DL – well known at the Battle of Britain Memorial – will be back at the site on Sunday (30 October) with a fascinating collection of anecdotes reflecting his long service in the RAF. Patrick,  honorary secretary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, will be giving the third in […]… Read more

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22 Aug 2016

Vintage cars against an iconic backdrop

The atmospheric backdrop of the National Memorial to the Few makes it a popular setting for local groups, particularly car owners who love the chance to photograph their beloved machines in such an iconic location. These events also provide an added attraction for visitors, and the next planned visit will be no exception to that […]… Read more

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