28 Jan 2020

Please support the Trust in this anniversary year

This year marks the 80th anniversary of one of the most critical battles fought by this country in the whole of the 20th century.

As well as honouring the memory of the Few during this year of commemoration, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust has launched an anniversary appeal to raise vital funds to support the charity’s ongoing work.

the Battle of Britain was important not just because it prevented an invasion by Hitler but also because of the influence it had on the progress of the Second World War.

Had the RAF lost the Battle and the Germans swept across the Channel, the D-Day invasion that took place 76 years go this June could not have been launched from the south coast, which would have been under Nazi control.

Without the invasion, and the bravery shown by the Allies on the Normandy beaches and beyond, it is unlikely that VE Day would have happened as early as 8 May the following year – an event that will be commemorated across the country in 2020 as the nation marks the 75th anniversary of… Read more

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19 Feb 2020

Farewell to Wing Cdr Paul Farnes DFM

Friends and family of one of the last of the Few, Wing Cdr Paul Farnes DFM, gathered to pay their respects to the Battle of Britain veteran, who died aged 101, on Monday (17 Feb). Mourners, including representative of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke of Gloucester and Prince […]… Read more

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10 Feb 2020

Tale of bravery to launch 2020 talks season

Our 2020 talks series gets underway next month with a fascinating story of bravery and daring during World War 2. “The Shetland Bus” was the nickname of a clandestine special operations group that repeatedly crossed from mainland Shetland in Scotland to German-occupied Norway between 1941 and the surrender of Nazi Germany on 8 May 1945. […]… Read more

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7 Feb 2020

New sweater for the Few’s Terry Clark

Battle of Britain veteran Terry Clark is now the proud owner of an 80th anniversary sweater, thanks to the Trust and manufacturer Glenbrae Knitwear. Glenbrae has supplied a range of royal blue sweaters adorned with the smart Battle of Britain 80 logo for sale in the shop at Capel-le-Ferne. The company then offered to supply […]… Read more

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4 Feb 2020

Working closely with university students

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is continuing its strong links with Canterbury Christchurch University by again offering a week-long placement at the Memorial. Building on the success of three previous placements, the Trust will be inviting one student to find out how the site works and experience the way the new library and archive […]… Read more

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29 Jan 2020

Sad death of Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM

One of the last of the Few, Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, died peacefully on Tuesday morning (28 Jan) at the age of 101. A huge supporter of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and well known to Trustees, staff and many of the volunteers at Capel-le-Ferne, Paul was the last member of the Few […]… Read more

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22 Jan 2020

Tribute to Bomber Command veteran

Exquisite, moving and anonymous, this Royal Air Force wreath was laid at the National Memorial to the Few on Tuesday afternoon. The tribute was laid following the funeral of an unnamed Bomber Command veteran who had been laid to rest earlier that day… Read more

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20 Jan 2020

Ambassador honours Czech aircrew during private visit

Czech Ambassador His Excellency Libor Sečka visited the Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne last week to pay his respects to Czech airmen who took part in the Battle of Britain. The visit was part of the ‘Never Forgotten’ initiative which will see the ambassador visit all Czech RAF and Army graves across the UK this year in […]… Read more

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14 Jan 2020

Working together to commemorate 80 years

Exciting plans to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain later this year were on the agenda when Trustees Patrick Tootal, Andrew SImpson and Barry Duffield met the RAF’s Media and Communications Team. With 2020 set to be a busy year, as it also marks the 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation and […]… Read more

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