Not to be forgotten in Capel-le-Ferne
Capel-le-Ferne is just up the road from Dover, so after our visit to Dover Castle, we headed to the Battle of Britain Memorial site.
Situated high on the cliffs with an incredible view across the sea. This particular site was chosen for the memorial as it has connections with the first and second World Wars.
It is quite a moving memorial with the primary focus being a lone airman looking out to sea across the English Channel, almost waiting for his comrades to come home.
All around the base of the memorial are the badges dedicated to the squadrons who fought during the Battle of Britain. There were not only British but Burmese and Polish as well.
The memorial was opened on July 9th, 1993 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
However, this only happened by the persistence of an airman, Pilot Officer Geoffrey Page. Geoffrey Page was shot down during the battle and bailed out into the sea with severe burns in 1940. He was credited with destroying 15 enemy aircraft.
He returned again to duty and crashed later in the war and was seriously injured. His determination didn’t stop there when he found out there wasn’t a memorial to the Battle of Britain, a trust was set up to raise funds.
Geoffrey’s dream was realised in 1993 & died in August 2000.
To get an ideal perspective of the memorial it needs to be seen from above, there are three white propeller blades stretching out from the central statue.
Lest we forget
As you leave the Winston Churchill quote is there for all to see, “Never in the field of Human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”