Despatches

Battle of Britain pilots: Eric James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC

Battle of Britain pilots: Eric James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Wing Commander Eric James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC (29 April 1917 – 2 May 1945) was an English Battle of Britain fighter pilot and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Born in Hampstead, […]

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Battle of Britain pilots: James Harry ‘Ginger’ Lacey DFM

Battle of Britain pilots: James Harry ‘Ginger’ Lacey DFM

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Squadron Leader James Harry “Ginger” Lacey DFM & Bar (1 February 1917 – 30 May 1989) was one of the top scoring Royal Air Force fighter pilots of the Second World War and was the second highest scoring British RAF fighter pilot of the Battle of Britain, behind Pilot Officer Eric Lock of No. 41 […]

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Hurricane Pilots of the Battle of Britain: Geoffrey Allard

Hurricane Pilots of the Battle of Britain: Geoffrey Allard

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Geoffrey Allard was born in York in 1912. He joined the RAF in 1929 and trained as a leading aircraftman (LAC) mechanic. He began pilot training in 1936 and qualified the following year. He joined No. 85 Squadron, RAF and was serving with that unit as a sergeant pilot when the Second World War broke […]

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The diary of a Battle of Britain Hurricane pilot

The diary of a Battle of Britain Hurricane pilot

Monday, September 21st, 2015

What Battle of Britain hero wrote in extraordinary diary… By LUKE SALKELD FOR THE DAILY MAIL PUBLISHED: 18:00, 27 November 2012 | UPDATED: 15:38, 28 November 2012 In his short career, he survived being shot down from the sky three times and escaped from the Nazis in occupied France. Now, 70 years after his death, the […]

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County’s debt of honour to 501 Squadron Battle of Britain Hurricane heroes…

County’s debt of honour to 501 Squadron Battle of Britain Hurricane heroes…

Friday, September 18th, 2015

County’s debt of honour to Battle of Britain heroes By This is Gloucestershire | Posted: September 18, 2010 THEIR motto is Fear Nothing, and the 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron had no time to be scared of anything during the Battle of Britain. So valued were the Filton- based fighters, it was the only squadron […]

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RAF Hawkinge – Battle of Britain airfield

RAF Hawkinge – Battle of Britain airfield

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Royal Air Force Hawkinge is a former Royal Air Force station located near to Folkestone in Kent, England. The airfield was used by both the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force during its lifetime and was an advanced airfield during the Battle of Britain in the Second World War. 501 Squadron, although based at airfields including RAF Kenley, […]

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The picture that tells the story of the Battle of Britain

The picture that tells the story of the Battle of Britain

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

By DEREK JOHNSON – ITV – 15 September 2015 The famous photo shows eight pilots from 501 Squadron during the Battle of Britain Credit: Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge. In many ways it sums up the entire battle: Its drama and intensity but also the astonishing fighting spirt and camaraderie of the men who […]

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Why the unsung Hurricane is the true ace of the Battle of Britain

Why the unsung Hurricane is the true ace of the Battle of Britain

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Our forgotten freedom fighter: Why the unsung Hurricane is the true ace of the Battle of Britain Michael Bywater – 8 July 2010 – www.independent.co.uk It took a lot of muscle to haul her round the sky. Burnt to cinders – like a match. It would do what you wanted it to do. Pure joy. Like flying […]

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One Belgian fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain

One Belgian fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Van Den HOVE d’ERTSENRYCK, ALBERT EMMANUEL. Pilot Officer, 83699. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Sunday 15 September 1940. Aged 32. 501 (County of Gloucester) Squadron. Hawker Hurricane P2760 Buried Pelouse d’Honneur, Cimetière de Bruxelles à Evere, Avenue du Cimetière de Bruxelles, B-1140 Brussels, Belgium. Grave Ref: Row 2. Grave 13. Commemorated on the Battle of […]

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THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: August 18, 1940

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: August 18, 1940

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: August 18, 1940 – Kent remembers the Hardest Day 10:13 18 August 2015 Tim Miles – kentnews.co.uk It was the most intense day of fighting in the Battle of Britain with the skies over Kent the scene of what went on to become known as the Hardest Day. SUNDAY, August 18, 1940, […]

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