To commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain we are running a total of 80 miles in just 5 days. Our route will see us run between 16 significant Battle of Britain Fighter Stations and locations in the UK, these being:
Day 1: Duxford – Fowlmere – Debden
Day 2: North Weald – Hornchurch – Biggin Hill – Kenley – Croydon
Day 3: Uxbridge – Northolt – Bentley Priory
Day 4: Westhampnett – Tangemere
Day 5: Manston – Hawkinge – Capel le Ferne
Our objective is to raise as much awareness as possible, in this poignant anniversary year, for the courageous ‘Few’ – the young men who defended Britains skies during 1940 from the relentless German Luftwaffe and an inveitible invasion. There is now just one known surviving aircrew veteran still alive from this historic Battle, Gp Cpt John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway DFC. In tribute to John, alongside all of his comrades, we hope to continue their memory by raising much needed funds to support both the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, and the Kent Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge, who receive no public funding.
Our fundraising page is below and we would greatly appreciate any support and anything you can afford to spare:
With just under 3,000 RAF aircrew who served during the Battle of Britain, between the 10th July – 31st October 1940, we hope to raise a minimum of (and hopefully well exceed) £3,000. £1 for each of these brave young men should not be a hardship. More than 540 would lose their lives during this period with many others either badly injured or maimed, or who would not see the end of the war. The Battle of Britain was a hugely defining point in world history and enabled the platform for the liberation of Europe, the defeat of the Nazi regime and the preservation of world freedom.
I am hugely grateful to the various locations who have offered to facilitate us both before and on our route. These include:
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Historic Aircraft Collection, Shuttleworth Collection, Aircraft Restoration Company, Fowlmere Airfield Museum, North Weald Airfield, Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Kenley Revival, The Battle of Britain Bunker, Bentley Priory Museum, Boultbee Flight Academy, Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum, The Kent Battle of Britain Museum and The Battle of Britain Memorial.
Lest We Forget