Another of the few remaining Battle of Britain heroes, Flt Lt Keith Lawrence, passed away just before midnight on Thursday 2 June. He was 96.
Flt Lt Lawrence was a great supporter of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and a regular visitor to the site at Capel-le-Ferne on Memorial Day.
Up until about four years ago he was also an active member of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, the organisation only the Few are invited to join.
Born in Waitara, New Zealand, on 25 November, 1919, Flt Lt Lawrence joined the Civil Reserve of Pilots in February 1938 and then applied for a short service commission in the RAF, leaving for England early in 1939.
He joined No 234 Squadron on 6 November before qualifying as an Air Navigator 2nd class and rejoining his squadron at the end of June.
After a successful spell in which he shared in the destruction of a Ju88, damaged another Junkers and a Bf110, claimed a BF109 destroyed and damaged a Do17, he was posted to No 603 Squadron at Hornchurch, claiming a Bf109 destroyed and… Read more