Battle of Britain Memorial

The Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne was opened in 1999; I have visited several times over the past few years at different times of day and in different lights, and have never failed to be moved by the simplicity of the place.

At the rear of the site, facing out to sea, is a memorial wall bearing the names of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain.  In fact, the number of men fighting with the RAF in the battle numbered fewer than 3000, prompting Winston Churchill’s comment that “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed, by so many, to so few.”  In the space between the memorial wall and the sea, a huge white propeller shape has been set into the ground, clearly visible to modern day aviators (or airline passengers) flying overhead.

In the centre of that propeller sits the figure of a lone fighter pilot, looking out over the sea above which so many men lost their lives in that hot summer of 1940.

The pilot, Battle of Britain memorial

The pilot, Battle of Britain memorial

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