Visiting the site of 'our finest hour'
THE Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is to start coach tours of "Hellfire Corner", where much of the aerial fighting in that crucial combat occurred.
The Turst – which runs the Capel-le-Ferne site – is offering two chances to join author and historian Geoff Simpson on an historical day out. The first tour will be on May 12, the second on September 8
A spokesman said: "The tours will combine a great day out with the chance to learn more about the historic events of the Battle of Britain."
Mr Simpson, who has contributed to this newspaper on the subject, is a member of the RAF Historical Society and author of many texts on the Battle including A Dictionary of the Battle of Britain, published in association with the Trust.
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The tour will set off from the memorial at Capel-le-Ferne with Mr Simpson setting the scene and explaining the key events of the battle.
The victory is credited as a major turning point in the war, as Hitler shelved plans for a full scale invasion of the United Kingdom.
The tour will then take in a number of notable and interesting sites, including the Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge, with its extensive collection of memorabilia, and the village of Elham, which had a unique role in the Battle.
Lunch and a light afternoon tea are included and Wing Commander Bob Foster DFC, Chairman of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association and a veteran of the Battle, will talk during lunch of his experiences.
For information and an application form contact Trustee Andrew Simpson, 31A Castleton Ave, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 5QT or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org