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 Michael of Kent GCVO attended the service at Priory Church of St Mary and St Blaise in Boxgrove.
Before the service started, those present enjoyed a flypast by Hurricane 501 V7497, flown by Paul Bonhomme and captured in the video below.
Paying tribute to Wg Cdr Farnes, well known by everyone at the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, Group Captain Patrick Tootal OBE DL said it was “always a sad task as secretary of the fighter association and the memorial trust to pay tribute at the passing of one of The Few.
“In recent years Paul was much in demand to do interviews and signings, so we were often in contact. He regularly attended the annual Battle of Britain Westminster Abbey Service and the Memorial Trust’s Annual Memorial Day. He was with us last July.
“Paul’s war service is well documented and he received several fulsome obituaries. It is easy to overlook that he served for 22 years in the RAF which is a full career.”
He added: “Paul was a great champion of the Hurricane’s role in the Battle of Britain, which has been somewhat understated in many accounts of the Battle.