Book tells story of the courage of The Few

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A NEW edi­tion of a book about the Bat­tle of Bri­tain is to be pub­lished to mark this year’s 70th an­niver­sary of the event.

The an­niver­sary has al­ready in­spired re­newed pub­lic in­ter­est in the brav­ery of those who saved this coun­try from in­va­sion in the sum­mer of 1940.

The pub­li­ca­tion of an en­larged and up­dated third edi­tion of Men of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain by Ken­neth G Wynn will be wel­comed by his­to­ri­ans, au­thors and re­searchers alike.

The book pro­vides at least some bi­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion on ev­ery one of the al­most 3,000 Al­lied air­men who flew in the bat­tle, to­gether with pho­to­graphs of many of them.

It was first pub­lished in 1989, with a later sup­ple­men­tary vol­ume and a sec­ond edi­tion in 1999.

The Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial Trust, which es­tab­lished the me­mo­rial at Capel in 1993, has acquired the rights to the book thanks to a sig­nif­i­cant anony­mous do­na­tion to trust funds, and the new edi­tion will be pub­lished by Hals­grove in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Trust.

The an­nual pa­rade and me­mo­rial ser­vice on July 11 will this year be at­tended by the trust’s pa­tron, Prince Michael of Kent.

Trust chair­man Richard Hunt­ing said: “We are hon­oured, too, to have the sup­port in this ven­ture of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Fighter As­so­ci­a­tion, the body of which only The Few may be full mem­bers.”

De­tails on the book’s pub­li­ca­tion date and price will be an­nounced as soon as pos­si­ble.

The Bat­tle of Bri­tain me­mo­rial at Capel

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