The Last of the Few

The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill

The last of the few who helped save Western Civilization in the Battle of Britain 72 years ago has died.

Flight Lieutenant William Walker, who has died aged 99, was shot down in his Spitfire during the Battle of Britain and wounded. Late in his life, having become the oldest surviving pilot of the Battle, he wrote poetry in memory of his fellow aircrew.

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Published in: on November 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm  Comments (6)  
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  1. [...] The last of the Battle of Britain Spitfire pilots has died. [...]

  2. Yes
    But mr Churchill missed that out of 2421 airmen 524 came from 12 other nations
    Not in anyway to be forgotten…

    • Quite right and Churchill did pay tribute to them in his magisterial history of the war.

    • If you had the opportunity, as I have every day, to pass by the massive Polish War Memorial, next to the historic Northolt Air Base, you would know that the exploits of the Poles, at least, were not forgotten.

      • There was simply no quit in the Poles. Their nation conquered, Polish refugees formed armies to carry on the fight with the Allies. Their Home Army and its heroic Warsaw Uprising in 1944 proved the lie to Hitler’s dream of killing all Poles except the few who would be left alive to serve as serfs for their German masters. The Poles throughout their history have never lacked courage and they showed that national characteristic to the full in World War II.

  3. I am very happy they did not mention the period 1614-1660 c:a…
    It seems as if the Polish people has forgiven my country-
    Sweden that is to say…


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