Young Instagram blogger Jacob Jennings called in to the Memorial last week to show off the Battle of Britain pilot’s uniform lovingly created for him by mum Adele to mark World Book Day.
Adele explained: “Jacob’s school asked pupils to pick a word so he chose ‘hero’.” A huge fan of the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne and of the men who defended these shores in 1940, Jacob knew exactly what he meant by the word he chose, and persuaded mum to dress him as Wing Commander Jennings.
“I bought a fully lined WWII jacket off eBay and had to take it up by eight inches on the bottom and sleeves,” Adele explained, adding that the blue trousers also had to be taken up six inches.
She made good use of an old sleep apnoea mask and pipe, made the life jacket, bought a set of mini medals from the shop in The Wing and topped it off with a flying helmet, moustache and goggles bought online. An inflatable Spitfire from the memorial shop completed the look.
Nine year-old Jacob and his mum are big fans of the Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne and called in after school to show off his outfit to the staff and volunteers. “Jacob loved the outfit and was really keen to visit the Memorial wearing it,” said Adele. “We had a lovely afternoon.”
Jacob added: “I really enjoy going to the Battle of Britain Memorial because I love Spitfires and this is a great place to go and learn about the pilots and remember them.”