Last surviving Battle of Britain ace dies.

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There was an article in our local paper about his passing:

WORLD

Battle of Britain pilot Paul Farnes

LONDON — Paul Farnes, one of the last remaining Battle of Britain fighter pilots who helped protect the U.K. during World War II, has died. He was 101.

Farnes, who was a wing commander during the war, died at his home Tuesday, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said late Wednesday.

He had been the last surviving pilot who had been officially designated an “ace” because of the number of enemy aircraft he downed.

He was one of roughly 3,000 airmen who fought the German Luftwaffe in the skies above southern England in 1940 when Britain was vulnerable to invasion by Nazi forces.

The group was honored by wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill who said “never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Farnes was also the last remaining member of the group who was healthy enough to attend a memorial day event last year.

Farnes was “very proud” of his Distinguished Flying Medal, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said. He was responsible for the destruction of six enemy planes, the damage of six others, and the probable destruction of another.

In 2015, Farnes and others received spontaneous applause at a service in their honor at Westminster Abbey.

“It was very emotional today because, when we walked out of the abbey, the audience applauded and it’s never happened before at the annual service and I was very moved by it,” he said at the time. “It is amazing that the Battle of Britain has caught on with the public and I am very proud to have been a part of it.” —

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I can remember as a kid in the mid 1960’s reading in the newspaper about the Last Civil War veteran dying. I also remember reading about the last WW1 veteran dying within the last 10/15 years. I suspect if I live another 10 years I might read about the last WW2 and Korean War veterans passing. Time marches on...
 
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