31 Aug 2017

Memorial Flight latest

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) has shared an update from the Ministry of Defence on the issue that has grounded aircraft fitted with Merlin engines, stressing: “The aim is to keep these vital and unique artefacts of Britain’s proud history in the sky forever.”

The BBMF spokesman added: “To do that we sometimes have to take extra precautions, with our eye sharply on continuing safety, to ensure that we can keep them flying for future generations. I thank each and every one of you who has voiced their support and shown their understanding. We will get them back into the blue as soon we can.”

The MOD statement:

“Our investigation has confirmed an issue with a pinion gear in a Merlin engine. With the precise cause of the problem known, each pinion gear is now being inspected to confirm it meets our exacting standards, with the BBMF and industry putting all of our efforts into getting these beautiful aircraft safely back in the air as soon as possible.”Read more

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18 Sep 2017

Don’t take our word for it!

We think everyone should visit the Memorial – but even we were impressed with the enthusiasm shown by a recent visitor from Indianapolis. RebeccaUofI posted the following comment on the social media site tripadvisor five days ago, beneath the heading EVERYONE should see this place!: “We were absolutely overwhelmed with the wonderful presentation/exhibit inside the […]… Read more

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18 Sep 2017

The nation pays tribute to the Few

Members of the Trust joined royalty, the Chief of the Air Staff, politicians, service personnel, civic leaders and four of the Few at the nation’s annual tribute to the men of the Royal Air Force yesterday (17 Sept). The annual Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication held each year at Westminster Abbey on Battle of Britain […]… Read more

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15 Sep 2017

Flypast makes commemoration special

An unplanned flypast from a solo Spitfire added to the occasion when the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust held its annual tribute to the men of the Battle of Britain on Friday. The Trust holds a Service of Commemoration on Battle of Britain Day every 15 September, regardless of what day of the week it […]… Read more

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14 Sep 2017

A unique reminder of your visit

By popular request, the Trust has introduced a new service that will allow visitors to the site – online or in person – to buy a print out of one or more of the entries in Men of the Battle of Britain presented in a high quality folder. Men of the Battle… is acknowledged as […]… Read more

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14 Sep 2017

Emotional visit for sons of Battle Spitfire pilot

The two sons of a Spitfire pilot who flew with No 152 Squadron during the Battle of Britain paid an emotional visit to Capel-le-Ferne, where they were able to see their father’s name on the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall. Peter and John, sons of Group Captain Peter O’Brian OBE, DFC and bar, were shown around […]… Read more

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12 Sep 2017

Tribute paid to one of the last of the Few

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, the Chief of the Air Staff, has paid tribute to Squadron Leader Nigel Rose, who died on Sunday aged 99. He said today: “Squadron Leader Nigel Rose, as one of the sadly ever diminishing number of ‘The Few’, was part of an extraordinary cadre of brave and selfless people […]… Read more

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10 Sep 2017

Squadron Leader Nigel Rose dies aged 99

Squadron Leader Nigel Rose, a Spitfire pilot with No 602 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain, died earlier today (Sunday 10 Sept) at the age of 99. Sqn Ldr Rose, who was training to be a quantity surveyor when war broke out, had joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve at Southampton in December 1938 […]… Read more

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8 Sep 2017

Spitfire tribute to pilot with a twinkle in his eye

Members of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust traveled to Solihull yesterday (7 Sept 2017) to pay tribute to Flying Officer Kenneth Astill Wilkinson AE, a much-loved member of the Few who died at the age of 99. The moving service in a packed St Alphege’s Church was followed by three passes from a Battle […]… Read more

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31 Aug 2017

Classic car show to raise funds for the Trust

Around 80 classic cars, a “Green Goddess” fire engine and a 1960s car transporter are among the attractions due to appear at the Bonnets and Wings* Classic Car Show planned for the site on Sunday 10 September. Local car enthusiasts will be making the most of the stunning backdrop offered by the National Memorial to […]… Read more

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