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Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne

 

Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne

The Battle of Britain Memorial
United Kingdom
Statue of a seated pilot at the Battle of Britain Memorial
For the RAF casualties of the Battle of Britain
Unveiled 9 July 1993
Location near Capel-le-Ferne
Designed by Harry Gray

The Battle of Britain Memorial is a monument to aircrew who flew in the Battle of Britain. It is sited on the White Cliffs at Capel-le-Ferne, near Folkestone, on the coast of Kent.

It was initiated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, and opened by the Queen Mother on 9 July 1993. It is formed of a large propeller-shaped base, with the figure of a seated pilot carved by Harry Gray sitting at the centre. The propeller shape has lead the monument to be considered a hill figure.

Also on the site are replicas of a Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire and the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall, on which appears the names of the almost 3,000 fighter aircrew who flew in the Battle.

In October 2010 HRH The Duchess of Cornwall unveiled a bust of Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park by sculptor Will Davies at the site.

The Trust is currently raising money to build a new visitor centre. It will take the shape of a Spitfire wing and will be called The Wing.



External links

  • Battle of Britain Memorial - homepage
  • Harry Gray, Sculptor. The Carving Workshop - Cambridge, UK
  • On the 70th Anniversary of the Battle, a veteran at the Memorial recalls his memories http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00cbgt6 or if viewing outside the UK: http://vimeo.com/35312839

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