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Last Battle of Britain pilot passes away.

#1
RIP Sir,
And thank you.

BBC News - Battle of Britain hero William Walker dies aged 99

The oldest surviving pilot from the Battle of Britain, who was shot down in his Spitfire and wounded in 1940, has died aged 99.

Flt Lt William Walker, born in Hampstead, north London, suffered a stroke last Thursday.

He died in hospital on Sunday, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said.

The Battle of Britain was the German air force's attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF from July to September 1940 early in World War II.

Their ultimate failure was one of the turning points of the war and prevented Germany from invading Britain.
 
#4
"The Battle of Britain was the German air force's attempt to gain air superiority over the RAF from July to September 1940 early in World War II."

Makes it sound like a doddle. Oh how the years diminish. As with the others thank you Sir
 
#16
My father always felt that the Battle of Britain was the most important battle in history. Losing Britain would have made it well nigh impossible for the US to land forces in Europe, meaning that either the Nazis or the Soviets would have ruled the entire continent.

The whole civilized world owes those men a very great deal.
 
#17
yes may he enjoy a beer or two with his old mates in St. Peter's Gate Bar.

"The nation is a poorer place for the passing of these magificent men."

RIP and thank you Sir,

K
 
#18
Could we take a minute to check whether these lads referred to in the table have checked out?
[TABLE="class: toc"]
[TR]
[TD]Poland[/TD]
[TD]145[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]New Zealand[/TD]
[TD]135 [SUP][2][/SUP][/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Canada[/TD]
[TD]112[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Czechoslovakia[/TD]
[TD]88[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Australia[/TD]
[TD]32[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Belgium[/TD]
[TD]28[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]South Africa[/TD]
[TD]25[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]France[/TD]
[TD]13[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Ireland[/TD]
[TD]10[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]United States[/TD]
[TD]7[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Ceylon[/TD]
[TD]1[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Jamaica[/TD]
[TD]1[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Southern Rhodesia[/TD]
[TD]1[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]Unknown[/TD]
[TD]7[/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]
 

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