18 Aug 2017

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The Trust has close links with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which treats our visitors to a very special flypast and display on Memorial Day each year, and we were disappointed to hear about a mechanical issue with one of their Hurricanes.

Although we are not expecting to see the BBMF over the site in the near future, we have shared their official statement below just to keep visitors to this site informed – and we join you and the Memorial Flight in hoping the issue is resolved swiftly.

The BBMF statement explains: “A routine inspection has highlighted a fault with one of the Merlin engines in a Hurricane aircraft. We are currently investigating the fault and as a precaution, flying of Merlin engine powered aircraft has been paused. We are still operating Griffon and Gypsy powered aircraft, including Spitfires and Chipmunks. We realise the disappointment this will be to our many supporters, however safety remains our paramount concern.”… Read more

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11 Aug 2017

Site has worldwide appeal

Visitors from an astonishing 47 countries have visited the Battle of Britain Memorial so far this year. Figures collected by Trustee Andy Simpson show that while UK visitors make up just under three-quarters of the total, overseas travellers are just as keen to see this much-loved tribute to the men of the RAF who came […]… Read more

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10 Aug 2017

Cricket club invitation helps with fund-raising

Rain failed to dampen the spirits of an enthusiastic team that promoted the work of the Trust at the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury, earlier this week. Kent County Cricket Club invited the Trust to set up a stand and hold a bucket collection on what was the third day of a match between the aptly-nicknamed […]… Read more

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31 Jul 2017

Another sad loss of one of The Few

It is with great sadness that we heard that Flying Officer Kenneth Astill Wilkinson AE who was 99 on the 29th June, passed away this morning.  Ken was an immensely active member of the BBFA since its inception and a great supporter of the Trust, a true gentleman who we shall miss dearly.  Our deepest […]… Read more

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25 Jul 2017

Classic MINI EB-G

The Site Manager welcomed Samuel Bulmer and his classic MINI which is in the famous livery of a Battle of Britain Spitfire “EB-G” the aircraft flown by Pilot Officer Eric Lock on 5 September 1940, when he destroyed three aircraft in a single sortie.  Samuel was raising funds in aid of the Royal Air Force […]… Read more

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19 Jul 2017

Meet our Memorial Day Twitter winners!

Talented amateur photographers won great prizes in the Twitter competition organised as part of this year’s Memorial Day commemorations. As part of our ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the Trust’s mission to ‘remember the Few’, we set up a fun photo competition and asked people to Tweet their images to #BoBMemday17. The competition sparked […]… Read more

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18 Jul 2017

Reference work presented to islanders

Trust historian Geoff Simpson has presented a copy of Men of the Battle of Britain, widely regarded as the standard work of reference on those who took part in the conflict, to the Société Jersiaise. The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust now owns the copyright of the book, by Kenneth G Wynn, and was responsible […]… Read more

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16 Jul 2017

Happy Birthday, Wing Commander!

The president, chairman, trustees, staff and volunteers would like to wish Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM a very happy 99th birthday (Sunday 16 July).  We hope you and your family have a joyful and momentous day.  We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Paul for the constant support he gives the Trust… Read more

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13 Jul 2017

Take the controls of our Hurricane

Would-be Hurricane pilots can now try their hand at intercepting and shooting down enemy aircraft while piloting the fighter, thanks to a new exhibit in The Scramble Experience at The Wing. The full-size replica of a Hurricane cockpit allows visitors to sit in the aircraft, ‘fly’ it to the right height using a realistic joystick […]… Read more

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