07 Jan Memorial to ‘The Few’
Yesterday I flew down to London for a memorial to celebrate the life of a friend and colleague who died suddenly before Christmas. Travelling in from Heathrow Airport I arrived in central London 90 minutes before the start of the event at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall so I decided to go for a walk down to the Embankment. I ended up outside the Ministry of Defence building and standing in front of the Battle of Britain memorial.
I served 14 years in the Royal Air Force from 1982 to 1996 and the Battle of Britain is as important to every past and serving member of the RAF as the Battle of Trafalgar is to anyone who has served in the Royal Navy.
The memorial is to the people who took part in the battle in 1940 that stopped the German invasion after the fall of France and ultimately led to the defeat of Germany in 1945 due to the fact that Britain was able to continue the war and become the staging post for the Normandy Invasion in 1944.
The aircrew that took part in the Battle of Britain became known as ‘The Few’ after British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said in a speech after the battle “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” He was of course referring to the fact that a few thousand aircrew had saved millions from the threat of invasion…