Battle of Britain Memorial, London

Paying homage to these fine young people, men and women alike.

Aviation Trails

In this the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain, it is rather apt to include a mention of a further part of a Trail of major memorials. Another found in London outside the Ministry of Defence Building on the Northern Embankment, is that of the Battle of Britain.

Even on a cold and wet winters day it is an inspiring memorial placed near the busy junction at Westminster Bridge.

Sculpted by Paul Day, work on the site began in February 2005 with erection of a 82ft long granite base, in two parts, on which to stand the bronze sculpture. Created initially in wax, the sculptures were cast in bronze by Morrris Singer in sections, each section depicting a scene relating to the Battle. The memorial was finally opened by HRH the Prince of Wales on 18th September 2005.

The main and most significant section shows pilots as they ‘scramble’ to their…

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5 thoughts on “Battle of Britain Memorial, London

  1. Pierre,

    I get great enjoyment from reading your blogs and your links.

    A wonderful and compelling description of the Battle of Britain Memorial in London. I will be in London in late September, just after Battle of Britain Sunday, for my first visit since its installation. I look forward to spending some time there and at the Bomber Command Memorial, in silent remembrance of those brave young men. And to give tribute, 75 years hence, for the world they made possible today.

    In honour of the few, from one of the many, the son of an RCAF WWII veteran.

    Per Ardua ad Astra et Requiem in Pace

    Robert Quinn
    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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