THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN – 80th anniversary MEMORIAL CONCERT this fall

The Battle of Britain was a decisive battle during the Second World War, which unfolded in the sky over Britain between July 10 and October 31, 1940. If the battle had been lost, Britain would almost certainly have been invaded by Nazi Germany and the history of France and the whole of Europe would have been changed!

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Winston Churchill

The Battle of Britain was not exclusively fought by the British. Nine American citizens and around a hundred Canadian pilots, as well as other nationalities, also fought in the Battle of Britain. The best known of the US pilots who fought was Pilot Officer William ‘Billy’ Fiske, a Cambridge graduate and a member of the US Winter Olympic bobsleigh teams of 1928 and 1932. Fiske joined 601 Squadron based at Tangmere in July 1940.

Wings Appeal” supports the memory of missing airmen through participation in remembrance ceremonies organized by municipalities in Île-de-France and sometimes further beyond. This year in 2020, we are also supporting the project sponsored by the France Libre Foundation for the installation of a stela monument at Tréport in memory of 117 fighters of the Free French Air Force who disappeared without their bodies being found. The inauguration is tentatively scheduled for 12 September 2020.

The RAF Association’s facilities offer a wide range of welfare services including home and hospital visits, short-term convalescent and respite breaks and sheltered housing. The association runs three convalescent and rest homes in England. Increasingly support is necessary for those people who are serving and have served in more recent conflicts in Korea, Borneo, the Falklands, the Gulf War, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The RAF Association receives no
Government funding and is entirely dependent on the generosity of the public and its own members to raise money for the benevolent fund, the Wings Appeal.

In France the RAFA has three Branches : Île –de-France, Lyon and South West. The RAFA Île-de-France Branch was created in 2011 by the merger of the RAFA Paris Branch (founded in 1946) and the RAFA Saint Germain en Laye Branch (founded in 1956). Among our Members are a number of elderly French veterans who responded to the call of Charles de Gaulle on 18th June 1940 by traveling to England to join the Free French Forces incorporated into the Royal Air Force and British Army units.

Watch for news regarding the new date for this concert of great English music to celebrate and commemorate the aviators of the Battle of Britain. You’ll find all the details on and of course all are welcome to come and support the “Wings Appeal” Fund for injured airmen and families.

80th anniversary of THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN