In July 2006 we returned from our pilgrimage to
The ground plan is that of the 3 bladed propeller that was fitted to both the Spitfire & Hurricane, whilst the earthen banks are representative of a fighter pilot’s flying helmet and headphones. On the boss or spinner of the propeller is a statue of a seated young fighter pilot in his flying gear looking out to sea whence the enemy came. In the photo below you can see s small piece of the white cliffs.
Surrounding the pilot on the boss are carved the badges of all the squadrons which participated in the Battle of Britain.
The photo below shows the carving of the badge of 616 Squadron in which
my Uncle, Wing Commander
At the back of the Memorial is a wall of polished black granite on which are carved the names of the 3,000 pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain.
This a simple, but very effective Memorial to the memory of an
astonishingly small number of brave lads who, although heavily outnumbered,
successfully held off the Luftwaffe, thereby saving the United Kingdom from a
terrible fate. I have seen a document prepared by the Nazi’s Gauleiter of
Britain designate as to his intentions had the Battle of Britain been lost and
the Nazis successfully invaded this country. The
Had not the Luftwaffe made a huge tactical error by switching their attacks from the RAF airfields to bombing London it is estimated that the RAF could not have held out for much more than a further four or five days. The sheer bravery, courage and drive of these 3,000 pilots, of whom 515 lost their life, ensured that the Luftwaffe did not succeed in gaining supremacy and forced their disastrous change of tactics. Tribute must also be paid to the superb support and unflinching devotion to duty demonstrated by the groundcrews, who worked round the clock to keep the Spitfires & Hurricanes in the air, and by the support staff who worked similarly to keep the airfields open.
The importance of the Battle of Britain cannot be overstated. It was the
pivotal battle of World War II. The outcome changed the face of world politics
for the next century, and ranks alongside the Battles of Trafalgar and
Winston Churchill had it exactly right when he uttered his immortal words “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”