They are back – and better than ever. Our exclusive Battle of Britain-themed tours around the area that became known as Hellfire Corner will this year again offer enthusiasts two opportunities to enjoy a day out to remember.
The coach tours start at the National Memorial to the Few and take in places of interest around Dover and Folkestone to give those on board a unique insight into the places on the ground that have links to the action that was going on in the skies overhead during 1940.
The Trust’s regular tour guide is Geoff Simpson, a member of the RAF Historical Society and author of many texts on the Battle including A Dictionary of the Battle of Britain, published in association with the Trust.
Geoff will be on hand on 10 May and 6 September to make sure all those on board learn something new about the events of 1940 and the way they affected those on the ground.
Geoff has also co-authored two new books published by the Trust in recent weeks. The Battle of Britain Day by Day picks out one thing that happened each day between 10 July and 31 October, while Aircrew Casualties of the Battle of Britain 1940, co-written with fellow Trustee Andy Simpson, gives details of those who died during the battle or later from wounds they received at the time. Both books will be on sale.
Tours usually include the museum at Hawkinge, which has a remarkable collection of artefacts from the Battle, and Hawkinge New Cemetery, where British and German aircrew are buried.
With interest in this year’s tours already keen, early booking is recommended. Tour places cost £75, with a small discount for Friends of the Few. Joining the Friends has many other benefits as well as the reduced tour cost – you can find out how to join here.