Remembering “The Few”

Each year many squadrons gather together to parade in remembrance of the ‘Battle of Britain’ which happened during the summer and autumn of 1940. It was the first major air campaign in which the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) sought to gain air superiority against the RAF (Royal Air Force). At the end of the campaign after the largest air attack on the 15th September, former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill summed up the efforts of Fighter Command with the now famous quote “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few“.

On the 3rd Sunday of September Air Cadets take part in parades across the United Kingdom and WO Rawlings, OC 2477 (Britwell) Squadron provides feedback on this year’s parade by 2477 and 459 (Windsor) squadrons.

“Yet another successful ‘Battle of Britain Parade’ today along with our colleagues from 459 (Windsor) Sqn. This was predominantly 459 (Windsor) squadrons own Parade, but in good spirit, they have thankfully invited 2477 to join them for the last 5 years and we are always happy and proud to oblige. The weather stayed steady for us and the streets were packed with tourists and onlookers. It was a brilliant turn out from both Squadrons, parading in Windsor High Street followed by a solemn service in the Windsor Chapel joined by the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillors; Dignitaries and of course the RAFA. After the Church Service, all cadets; dignitaries and other guests were invited to the Royal Air Forces Association Club in William Street Windsor for a buffet lunch.”

Over at Banbury cadets from 136 (Chipping Norton) and 1460 (Banbury) squadron marched from the town hall, through the town centre and on to St Marys church. Marching alongside 35 American service personnel to mark the event the cadets and staff attend a commemorative service for the ‘Battle of Britain’ and those involved. Also 211 (Newbury) Squadron marched through the town centre alongside other organisations within the town to remember the event.

Well done to all cadets across the wing that took part in local ‘Battle of Britain’ parades and adding to their Are You on Target service engagement achievement. Send your photos and stories into the Media Officer to feature within the article and share your squadron’s news.