Great trib­ute to Bat­tle of Bri­tain

Northolt to host large fleet of fighter planes

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­

‘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

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