75th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Britain

RAF Wittering personnel, Air Cadets, veterans and local residents marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with parades and services in Stamford and Peterborough.

The Battle of Britain, fought in the skies above southern England 75 years ago, remains the defining engagement in the RAF’s near 100-year history. The victory in 1940 thwarted Hitler’s plan to invade Britain and preserved the country’s freedom.

In Stamford, RAF personnel and local officials from the nearby towns and districts converged at the town hall and proceeded to All Saints Church for a service of commemoration and thanksgiving.

The sermon was delivered by RAF Wittering Chaplain Reverend Squadron Leader David Haslam and wreaths were laid by Stamford Mayor, Councillor Mrs Susan Sandall, RAF Wittering Station Commander, Group  Captain Rich Pratley and retired Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dodworth at the War Memorial at the Browne’s Hospital. Air Vice-Marshal Dodworth accepted his wreath from 102-year-old RAF Regiment Warrant Officer Cliff Shepherd.

In Peterborough personnel paraded through the city centre, before attending a service at Peterborough Cathedral. Retired Air Vice- Marshal Sir Roger Austin joined Group Captain Rich Pratley in inspecting the parade.

There was a flypast by a Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The parade was followed by a service of commemoration and thanksgiving in Peterborough Cathedral.

Group Captain Pratley said: “The fact that so many officials, veterans and residents have come to mark the 75th anniversary has shown us that the sacrifices made during the Battle of Britain continue to resonate.”