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Sunday talks end - but will be back!

Author and historian Nick Oram brought the Trust's spring series of talk to a close with a facinating and well-attended presentation about Spitfire pilots.

Nick spoke about some of the less famous, but still important, Spitfire pilots who flew the iconic fighter. He covered not only the Battle of Britain era but also exploits from later in the war, drawing on his book Spitfire Pilots, Legends of the Air.

His talk contained recordings from some of the veterans, allowing the audience to hear first-hand accounts of the exploits of Spitfire pilots as they saw action during the Battle of Britain and in air campaigns against the German and Italian air forces in North Africa and Europe.

Nick related tales of triumph, tragedy and sacrifice which were interspersed with humorous anecdotes that left the listeners to ponder on the bravery of the pilots of this most iconic of aircraft.

His talk provided a fitting conclusion to the spring series of talks which has covered a variety of subjects, ranging from the multi-generational RAF service of one family to the ups and down of being a Red Arrow, the Polish contribution to the Battle of Britain and some oddities of the Battle.

The talks now take a summer break but will be back in the autumn with another varied programme.

To gain discounted - or free - entry to the talks, which this spring raised more than £700 for the charity, why not join the Friends of the Few? For details see Support the Battle of Britain Memorial.

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