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 the 75th anniversaries of the ending of World War Two in Europe (VE Day) and with Japan (VJ Day), the meeting was an opportunity to compare notes and, importantly, diaries.
The meeting explored what the Trust is planning for 2020 with a view to avoiding clashes with the RAF’s plans where possible, and also discussed the possibility of providing mutual support for events.
During the visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, the RAF Group was also able to see the site and visit The Scramble Experience and its interactive exhibits. “The RAF team was impressed with what they saw and are going to explore how some of the attractions at the Memorial can be used in their work for the RAF to mutual advantage,” Andrew Simpson said later.
At the end of the visit, the Trust presented the RAF team with a copy of Men of the Battle of Britain, published in association with the Trust, which contains biographies of all of the Few, together with a copy of The Battle of Britain – Day by Day, also published by the Trust.
The Team said the books would be valuable in helping them prepare their material to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.