Battle Of Britain Memorial Day

Jan Leeming

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Date: 9th July 2017

Battle of Britain Memorial Day at Capel le Ferne.

Can't believe that this was my tenth BOB Memorial Day.  The weather couldn't have been better but sadly we only had one Veteran in attendance - Wing Commander Paul Farnes.  A few more Vets are still with us but too fragile to make the journey to Capel.  We've been losing the veterans at a rapid rate and I think back to the first Memorial Day I attended in 2007 and then there were 25 Veterans laying wreaths around the Pilot who sits at the Memorial looking out to sea and to France.

So much has happened in the intervening ten years - possibly one of the most exciting being my research into and making of a documentary on Squadron Ldr.  René Mouchotte, the first name I sponsored on the Foxley Norris Memorial Wall.  I chose a French name because of my French ancestry and what a wonderful world of research opened up before me.  It took six long years to get anyone interested in making a programme and then it was only a 15 minute documentary for BBC South East but it was better than nothing.  There is so much material on René and his family that I could easily have made a 1 hour documentary without having to pad it out at all.

Because of my work on René and support for the BOB Memorial Trust, I was given membership of the RAF Club - an honour of which I am very proud.  My work also led to an association with the Allied Air Forces Museum at Elvington near York of which I am a Vice President.  That in turn has led to much involvement with the French and I've been thrilled to have been invited for the last four years to the Bastille Day Celebrations at the French Ambassador's Residence in London - a great occasion.  The French certainly know how to throw a party.

On BOB Memorial Day with Paul Farnes the only Vet in attendance this year who celebrated his 99th Birthday on 16th July


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