Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 15, 2020 13:29:49 GMT 12
On today, Battle of Britain Day, as we mark the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, let us remember the thousands of New Zealanders who defended Great Britain in that fateful summer of 1940. And let's especially remember the young men who travelled half a world away to fly in that battle, as members of the victorious Few, and all their Allied comrades in arms. And to those who died in combat, we salute you.
Although a little late in proceedings, this Fi 103 replica is on display outside the entrance to the RAF Manston History Museum, which is contained within airfield buildings. Note the old control tower in the background.
Spitfire-on-a-stick outside the terminal at the former RAF Turnhouse, Edinburgh Airport, is a Mk.IX, but is in the markings of Spitfire Mk.Ia L1067 'Blue Peter' of Sqn Ldr George Denholm, 603 Sqn Auxiliary Air Force.
RAF Bentley Priory now serves as private accommodation and is in a gated community. Hugh Dowding's office has been preserved and is the third window on the right of the three larger windows to the left of the columned balcony.
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 22, 2020 15:56:26 GMT 12
Does anyone recognise the pilots? The photo comes from Dereck "Bill" Kain's collection, and it was labelled simply as 'Battle of Britain Pilots'. Bill Kain is second from right in the back row. ACM Sir Keith Park is seated in the centre. Does anyone know who the others were? I have a hunch that this photo was taken at the premiere of the 1969 film Battle of Britain, probably in Wellington, so they are likely all Kiwis.
Bill himself was a Flight Commander with No. 73 Squadron through the whole Phoney War and Battle of France, but he became ill just before he was evacuated back to Britain, and he was in hospital and then recuperating during the Battle of Britain. He returned to operations soon after the battle. So he is not counted as one of The Few.
Noticed on the film clip of Sir Keith Park shown on TV 1 News last night that they had reversed the film and had him wearing his wings and medal ribbons on his right hand chest! (Unless it was something to do with being from "down under" and doing things the other way round )
Last Edit: Sept 22, 2020 16:00:20 GMT 12 by shorty
If there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven is that an indication as to the expected traffic flows?
Could be wrong, but I can see only one ribbon for the NZ War Service Medal on the chests of the men in the above photo (bottom left). Of course if most of the rest were all pre-war Short Service Commission chaps, that would explain such a lack, whether they trained in NZ or otherwise. David D
Post by planecrazy on Sept 22, 2020 20:18:26 GMT 12
Great pic's nuuumannn that Capel le Ferne memorial is a special place with a real atmosphere. Have found myself telling a few people about the Battle of Britain, we are indebted to the few, how different our world would have been if England had been invaded!