Flypast was an historic event

Do you realize that the summer of 1940 was the second most important time (the first being 1066) in the history of our country?

If the Royal Air force Fighter aircraft had not won the battle with the German Bombers, who were attacking our airfields and radar stations, we would have been invaded by the Germans and Bexhill was where they would have landed.

The 75th Anniversary was celebrated by a flypast of 36 Spitfires, Hurricanes and a Blenheim, which had come from all over the world to celebrate this victory, dividing into smaller units to cover all of South-east England, where this battle in the skies took place.

I was living and working in Bexhill while this battle was taking place in the sky above.

If the Germans had gained command of the skies they would have then invaded as they had in Belgium, Holland and France.

But thanks to Churchill’s Few they did not, or the British would now be speaking German.

I had expected the Observer to inform the public of the flypast to celebrate this victory, but not a word, and in this week’s Observer (September 18) photos taken by readers were relegated to page 8, without a word from the Observer’s staff or editor about this very important anniversary or the celebratory flypast over Bexhill.

Shame on you all. Even the Royal Mail is using this 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain as a post mark.

Regarding Mr Harman’s letter (September 11) the DH110 De Havilland aircraft which broke the sound barrier over St Leonards and then gave a display off Hastings in September 1952 – this was because the aircraft’s designer, a Mr Bishop, was living in Hastings.

I also watched this display as I was then living in St Leonards.

The aircraft was later successfully developed and one version, a Sea Vixen, flew at the recent Shoreham Airshow immediately after the Hawker Hunter crashed.

Mrs M. Rona Cooke

Park Avenue


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