On the 15th September 1940 the Battle of Britain had reached its climax. The Royal Air Force (RAF) had shot down 56 invading German aircraft in two large dogfights. The costly raid convinced the German high command that the Luftwaffe could not achieve air supremacy over Britain, and the next day daylight attacks were replaced with night- time sorties as a concession of defeat. It was obvious to both sides that German tactics had failed and that the Luftwaffe had not gained the air supremacy they needed for Operation ‘Sealion’, the invasion of Great Britain. The action in the air continued for a few weeks more, but the air battles on the 15th September was seen as an overwhelming and decisive defeat for the Luftwaffe.
For this reason, the 15th September is celebrated as Battle of Britain Day.
This year’s Act of Remembrance was held at the War Memorial in Sandwich town centre at 1100hrs and Bob Davies attended to represent the Branch.
After a welcome by the Mayor of Sandwich the service was conducted by the Rev Cannon Mark Roberts with Cllr Simon Leith acting as the Parade Marshall who also gave the Exhortation. Dr Frank Andrews, Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) who carried their Standard recited the Kohima Epitaph.
Many wreaths were laid from veteran’s associations and visiting dignitaries which included a wreath laid by Deal’s Mayor Cllr Nick Tomaszewski on behalf of the town.
On completion of the service a Civic Service was held in St Clements Church to celebrate 100 years of the founding of the RAF.
Never in the field of human conflict
was so much owed, by so many, to so few.
Winston Churchill 1940