Readers Question On The Battle Of Britain

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READER'S QUESTION ON THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Date: 13th July 2015

Every Monday I receive the statistics as to how many have viewed my website, from which countries, and sometimes there is a question.

Today the question was asked as to whether any Americans took part in the Battle of Britain.  The answer is Yes.  The number differs between 9 and 11 according to whether you look at the Battle of Britain Memorial in London and the one at Capel le Ferne.  Why is the number not totally accurate?  All I can say is that some men didn't even tell their families about their participation.  A few years ago a man died and his family found his BOB medals in a drawer.  His name was added to the Wall and you can see it at the very end and not, of course, in alpahbetical order.  

One of the elements which I greatly admire about the Wall apart from it's simple beauty is the fact that the names are alphabetical with no rank or decorations.  They were all equal in fighting for Freedom whether pilots or  ground crew.

The Sir Christopher Foxley Norris Memorial Wall at Capel-le-Ferne commemorates just under 3,000 pilots and aircrew who took part in the Battle.  They comprised men from 28 different countries including one from Jamaica.  The Americans who took part would have had to travel to Canada and enlist from that country, or make their own way to England, because at the time of the Battle -10th July - 31st October 1940, the Americans were a neutral nation.

I will always answer a question if I am able.  I hope the person who asked this question will see the answer.  

Jan

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