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William Walker was the oldest surviving veteran of the Battle of Britain. In March 2012 he gave an amazingly lucid and detailed account of his RAF service. He was 99 at the time.

William Walker was the oldest surviving veteran of the Battle of Britain. In March 2012 he gave an amazingly lucid and detailed account of his RAF service. He was 99 at the time.

South African Adolph Gysbert “Sailor” Malan (1910-1963), a famed RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Squadron RAF, which distinguished itself during the war and especially during the Battle of Britain, where it shot down almost 40 aircraft.

South African Adolph Gysbert “Sailor” Malan (1910-1963), a famed RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Squadron RAF, which distinguished itself during the war and especially during the Battle of Britain, where it shot down almost 40 aircraft.

Bob Foster - Battle of Britain fighter pilot.

Bob Foster - Battle of Britain fighter pilot.

World War 2 Britain | World War Two - Battle of Britain Pilots - 1940

World War 2 Britain | World War Two - Battle of Britain Pilots - 1940

Paul Farnes is one of the surviving pilots from the Battle of Britain. He was awarded 8 kills and a DFM. We spent an hour talking to him about his experiences.

Paul Farnes is one of the surviving pilots from the Battle of Britain. He was awarded 8 kills and a DFM. We spent an hour talking to him about his experiences.

Douglas Bader was a famous fighter pilot from World War Two who had twenty-two kills credited to him. He flew and fought in the Battle of Britain with no legs – the result of a pre-war plane crash. Bader was an outstanding sportsman; when young he played rugby union for Harlequins, who are still an active club, at fly-half. He came close to English national team selection.

Douglas Bader was a famous fighter pilot from World War Two who had twenty-two kills credited to him. He flew and fought in the Battle of Britain with no legs – the result of a pre-war plane crash. Bader was an outstanding sportsman; when young he played rugby union for Harlequins, who are still an active club, at fly-half. He came close to English national team selection.

The death on this day 5th August, 1962 of Douglas Bader. .Bader lost both his legs while attempting some aerobatics, he crashed and lost both his legs, he was retired against his will on medical grounds. But after the outbreak of WW2 he returned to the RAF and was accepted as a pilot. The film Reach for the Sky was made about his life.

The death on this day 5th August, 1962 of Douglas Bader. .Bader lost both his legs while attempting some aerobatics, he crashed and lost both his legs, he was retired against his will on medical grounds. But after the outbreak of WW2 he returned to the RAF and was accepted as a pilot. The film Reach for the Sky was made about his life.

World War Two, December, 1944, Commanding officer of the Mosquito squadron RAF Coastal Command Max Aitken in front of one of the planes (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

World War Two, December, 1944, Commanding officer of the Mosquito squadron RAF Coastal Command Max Aitken in front of one of the planes (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

An amazingly emotive photo from the Battle of Britain fly past memorial in June 2012. Picture is of a 1945pilot, Ron Clark with Squadron Leader Smith of 2012 RAF and in charge of the memorial. My passion is keeping these memories alive! Lest we forget.

An amazingly emotive photo from the Battle of Britain fly past memorial in June 2012. Picture is of a 1945pilot, Ron Clark with Squadron Leader Smith of 2012 RAF and in charge of the memorial. My passion is keeping these memories alive! Lest we forget.

Tony was a pilot in 501 Squadron. He was 19 when he flew his first sortie in the Battle of Britain and this was after just a few practice flights.

Tony was a pilot in 501 Squadron. He was 19 when he flew his first sortie in the Battle of Britain and this was after just a few practice flights.

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