Great tribute to Battle of Britain
Northolt to host large fleet of fighter planes
‘THE biggest gathering of Spitfires and Hurricanes since the 1950s’ is planned for RAF Northolt next summer.
To mark its centenary and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, planners at the base in West End Road, Ruislip, want a fitting tribute and an event worthy of the double celebration.
The Squadron Leader, Richard Willis, in charge of heritage, said although planning is at an early stage the intent was clear, and September 6 has been pencilled in.
“It is part of RAF Northolt’s centenary celebrations.
“However, the date is also the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and RAF Northolt is the last flying Battle of Britain station,” he said.
“The aim is for this to be the largest gathering of Spitfires and Hurricanes since the 1950s.
“Once arrangements are confirmed it will be publicised and our community partners, residents’
associations and so on will be informed and included.”
The trick will be for RAF organisers to persuade as many owners of the precious iconic aircraft as possible to take part, then to marshall them into a ground display and flypast.
Abigcommemoration featuring the ever popular fighters with their familiar engine roar would be certain to draw vast crowds and attract huge interest in historic aviation circles.
RAF Northolt was in the eye of the Battle of Britain storm, part of Number 11 Group that waged aerial combat in the skies over southern England. The Polish 303 Squadron covered itself in glory, and its annual commemoration takes place on Saturday, September 13, at noon at the Polish War Memorial in West End Road.
The public are welcome to attend.
n FLYPAST: (Above and top) A large gathering of Hurricanes and Spitfires is planned next summer to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain Contributed