I am sure many of us, when we hear those vintage sounds of Merlin and Rolls Royce engines in the sky, rush out and look for the Battle of Britain flight as it goes over head.
There is something about that particular noise which can’t fail to sound very special some 75 years on. The immortal words of Winston Churchill still echo in the mind “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.” The spitfire propeller on the River Nene at the gateway of Lincolnshire and Norfolk stands as a permanent tribute to the costly sacrifice of those young men. When we look at our own children it is good to remember that the average age of a fighter pilot was 20 and the average age of a Squadron Leader or Wing Commander in the conflict was 22. These very young men kept this country safe and many paid with the rest of their lives. Jesus said “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Fr Jonathan Sibley
St Mary’s Church