I HAD the honour of flying Hurricanes for the RAF as one of Churchill’s ‘Few’ during the Battle of Britain, which took place 75 years ago this summer.

This week I’ll be marking the anniversary of what is known as ‘the hardest say’ in that Battle against German invasion — Tuesday, August 18,1940 — the day on which the Luftwaffe made an all-out assault on RAF Fighter Command, resulting in both sides losing more aircraft than on any other day during the campaign.    

As we recall those fateful days and celebrate the bravery of all those involved — many of them my friends and colleagues — we must also remember our enduring debt of gratitude to all who have served, and who serve now. 

The RAF Benevolent Fund believes it is important for the country to share in the memory of the Battle of Britain and the sacrifices that were made, but it needn’t all be a solemn affair. That’s why I’m supporting their inaugural ‘Great British Sunday Lunch’ — a chance for families, friends, and communities to gather together on Sunday, September 13 to host their own meal at home, in the local community centre, at the pub or in the park, to raise vital funds to support RAF veterans and their families.  

For more information go to www.rafbf.org/gbsl

RAF Veteran Squadron Leader Tony G Pickering AE

C/O 67 Portland Place, London W1B 1AR