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Battle of Britain airfield tributes at Kentish airfields - social event

PUBLISHED: 08:33 20 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:53 28 February 2013

Battle of Britain airfield tributes at Kentish airfields - social event

Battle of Britain airfield tributes at Kentish airfields - social event

To mark the 70th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain, the Lieutenancy of Kent led tributes at the Kentish airfields that bore the brunt of Luftwaffe attacks: Eastchurch, Detling, Rochester, Gravesend and West Malling...

Battle of Britain airfield tributes

Images: Barry Duffield

To mark the 70th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain, the Lieutenancy of Kent led tributes at the Kentish airfields that bore the brunt of Luftwaffe attacks: Eastchurch, Detling, Rochester, Gravesend and West Malling, ending at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne.

At each, civic leaders and old comrades joined the Lieutenancy party, led by the Vice Lord Lieutenant, Viscount De LIsle. The tour was inspired by the Lord Lieutenant, Allan Willett who, as a small boy on his father's Thanet farm, saw the aerial dogfights over Manston; he was unable to take part as he is recuperating from surgery.

The Lieutenancy was joined by one of the last of The Few, Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC, and a serving Royal Air Force helicopter pilot, Flight Lieutenant Marc Heal, who recently won the Distinguished Flying Cross rescuing casualties under fire in Afghanistan.

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