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Veteran: Brigadier General Tadeusz Sawicz was believed to have been the last surviving Polish pilot from the Battle of Britain

End of a valiant era as last Polish pilot from the Battle of Britain dies aged 97

Veteran: Brigadier General Tadeusz Sawicz was believed to have been the last surviving Polish pilot from the Battle of Britain

He was one of the last remaining Spitfire pilots from World War II and ended up in the inf...

Pilot who helped dig the tunnel out of the Stalag POW has died

He was one of the last remaining Spitfire pilots from World War II and ended up in the inf.

Jimmy Corbin was the last alive of 10 Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots – members of Churchill's “Few” – who together wrote a bestselling book even as the aerial dog-fights over southern England continued. By the time the book was off the presses in 1942 five of its co-authors were dead, killed in action.

Jimmy Corbin: Last surviving Spitfire pilot from the Battle of Britain

Jimmy Corbin was the last alive of 10 Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots – members of Churchill's “Few” – who together wrote a bestselling book even as the aerial dog-fights over southern England continued. By the time the book was off the presses in 1942 five of its co-authors were dead, killed in action.

Battle of Britain pilot: Wing Commander P. C. Farnes joined 501 Squadron in September 1939 and during his time with Royal Air Force he shot down eight enemy planes. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal on 22nd of October 1940. “It was just part of my life,” Mr Farnes said of his time in a battle that is widely regarded as saving Britain from German occupation, “ I’ve got no particular feelings about it, I quite enjoyed it really.”

On the anniversary of the Battle of Britain, one of the few surviving pilots, Wing Commander P.C Farnes, describes what it was like to fight the Germans in the skies over Britain

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John Connell Freeborn, DFC* December 1919 – 28 August was a World War II RAF pilot. He was not only an ace but also held the distinction of having flown more operational hours than any other RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain. Had 12 aerial victories.

Ronald 'Ras' Berry, one of The Few, Battle of Britain pilot

Medals of WWII ace who downed three enemies in a day sell for £144,000

Ronald 'Ras' Berry, one of The Few, Battle of Britain pilot

Two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No 92 Squadron RAF and , Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent, 1941 - Photo by Cecil Beaton. [IWM]

holdhard: “ Two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No 92 Squadron RAF and his wingman, Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Spitfire.

Squadron Leader John Pattison, who died aged 92 in 2009, was one of the few remaining New Zealanders who fought during the Battle of Britain, during which he was shot down and severely wounded; he recovered to have a distinguished war, being awarded a DSO and a DFC. Pattison arrived in Britain at the end of July 1940, and with the RAF short of fighter pilots he was rushed through battle training in a few days. With just a handful of sorties flying Spitfires, he joined No 266 Squadron at…

Squadron Leader John Pattison, who died aged 92 in was one of the few…

William Walker, who at 99 was the oldest remaining Battle of Britain pilot has died

Dead at 99, the oldest of The Few: Downed Spitfire pilot cheered by crowds as he reached shore

Hero: William Walker, who at 99 was the oldest remaining Battle of Britain pilot ha died

Battle of Britain 1940. P/O Geoffrey H.A. Wellum 92 Sqn - "There was just a bloody great bang and a hole appeared in the wing, but I managed to get away and got back to Biggin. They took that aeroplane away and gave me another one. It was nothing to end up the day with five aeroplanes, having started with 12, but they were normally replaced by midday the next day. The big problem was getting experienced pilots." Cette image: Geoffrey Wellum by Francois Vebr

Geoffrey Wellum was one of the youngest fighter pilots to participate in the Battle and he did so with one of the RAF’s most famous fighter squadrons, No 92 Squadron, a unit that won renown throughout Fighter Command for its panache and vigour.

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