Personal memories from Battle of Britain veterans

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The Independent Online

Seventy years after dogfights raged over England in the summer and autumn of 1940, the experiences of five Battle of Britain air force pilots have been recorded in a new 12-minute video celebrating the contribution made by The Few.

The film was produced by the Royal Mint in association with the Battle of Britain Fighter Association and Battle of Britain Trust. To mark the unveiling of the film it presented each of the five veterans featured in it with a limited edition Battle of Britain 70th Anniversary Sterling silver £5 Alderney coin.

“We are all indebted to the brave airmen who fought on our behalf and they deserve to be remembered,” Dave Knight, director of Commemorative Coin at the Royal Mint, said.

“We hope [the film] will bring people closer to the history that has made our nation what it is today. We are honoured to be able to present these five veterans with a tribute to their determination and action.”

Hear the survivors’ memories in the video below and click here to see a photo gallery of them.