Become a friend

Join our Friends organisation to make a personal contribution to the National Memorial to the Few in memory of the aircrew who took to the skies to defend these shores in the summer and early autumn of 1940. The Friends of the Few maintain the memory of those who fought in the Battle of Britain and the men and women who supported them.

There are two membership categories, with different benefits, to reflect the fact that we have supporters all over the world, as well as locally. The membership rates and benefits are shown below. Just choose the one that suits you and then click here to download the Friends of the Few application form

You can also join the Friends at a special on-line introductory rate via our online shop. This rate offers the benefits of Spitfire level membership but at a discounted rate. You will be sent a membership pack which will then allow you to choose the level of full membership you wish to enjoy. To join today, click here. Please note that members who join online will be required to complete a standing order relating to their subscription in subsequent years. The appropriate form will be included in the membership pack.

Hurricane Membership – £50 per year

Hurricane Membership offers a little more for people who are close enough to visit the Memorial on a more regular basis. Members will benefit from:

  • a subscription to our annual magazine 1940 which features articles on the Battle of Britain and profiles of the personnel involved
  • our regular eNewsletter (or a hard copy for those without email access) which focuses on news and events happening at the site
  • cheaper admission to The Scramble Experience
  • a 10% discount in the cockpit cafe
  • a 10% discount in our shop (5% for signed items and other rare items in Collector’s Corner including artwork and prints)
  • complimentary access to events of interest, held periodically at the Memorial site, together with a discounted entry price for guests. (NB Some events (eg Memorial Day) will not qualify for complimentary access. These events may be offered at a discount to members). Those events include a series of talks being launched early in 2016. Hurricane members will be entitled to free access

Hurricane Membership costs just £50 per year (£45 if paid by Standing Order). Membership for under-18s, senior citizens (over 65) and members of UK Armed Forces is £45 (£40 if paid by Standing Order). Don’t forget – existing members will automatically become Hurricane members at the current rate of £25 per year.

Spitfire Membership – £30 per year (or click here for our special online offer)

Spitfire Membership is offered for people who wish to support the Memorial but who are not local to the site. This level will be more suitable for people living outside the UK or for people who cannot visit regularly. You can still support the work that the Trust carries out and we will stay in touch with you periodically to tell you how your membership fee is being spent. Members will benefit from:

  • a subscription to our annual magazine 1940 which features articles on the Battle of Britain and profiles of the personnel involved
  • our regular eNewsletter (or a hard copy for those without email access) which focuses on news and events happening at the site
  • cheaper admission to the The Scramble Experience
  • a 10% discount in our shop (5% for signed items and other rare items in Collector’s Corner including artwork and prints
  • the opportunity to attend events of interest, held periodically at the Memorial, at discounted prices. Those events include a series of talks being launched early in 2016. Spitfire members will be entitled to half price access

Spitfire Membership costs just £30 per year (£25 if paid by Standing Order). Membership for under-18s, senior citizens (over 65) and members of UK Armed Forces is £25 (£20 if paid by Standing Order).


1940 magazine

For both subscription levels, new members will receive a complete set of the 1940 magazine. 1940 contains many, well-researched articles as well as news of the Memorial. It is a much sought-after publication which is only available by joining Friends of the Few.

A major feature of 1940 No 17 (2017) is the account by the late Squadron Leader Graham Davies (a Pilot Officer in 1940) of how he was shot down during the Dunkirk evacuation, returned to Britain by paddle steamer but soon found his troubles were far from over.

Also covered is the artist Cuthbert Orde, who drew the Few, and Herbert Mason of the Daily Mail, who photographed St Paul’s Cathedral surrounded by fire.

There is an article on a book which reveals much new information on Pilot Officer Sydney Carlin, who flew as a Defiant air gunner in the Battle despite being 51 years old and having lost a leg in action in the First World War. Defiant pilots appear, too, including Pilot Officer Dick Howley, Newfoundland’s only known representative among the aircrew in the Battle, and Pilot Officer Donal West, whose service took him to neutral Ireland.

The magazine – free to Friends of the Few members, remember – also explains the background to a well-known photograph of a wet Sergeant Cyril Babbage of No 602 Squadron, taken on the beach at Bognor Regis.


Existing Friends who normally pay by cheque or standing order can check their current status by calling Kerry Hume on 01732 870809 or emailing k.hume2014@btinternet.com

Kerry can also sign up new members – or you can simply print and return the second page of the downloadable form.