Capel-le Ferne Things to Do
Battle of Britain Memorial
Set on the white cliff tops overlooking the English channel is the Battle of Britain Memorial.
It is a fitting place to have the memorial, which remembers "The Few". Young RAF airmen, who in the Summer of 1940 were the only defense that Britain had against the Nazi Germany and imminent invasion.
On "The Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall" are inscribed the names of all the aircrew who flew during the Battle of Britain 10 July 1940 - 31st October 1940.
I was lucky enough to go up in a helicopter and have the fantastic experience of flying alongside a spitfire as it flew along the Kent coast and over the site of the memorial. So if you turn up for a summer weekend visit, you may have the extra highlight of seeing a spitfire flying bout too.
The Memorial site has a few parts to it. In the car park there is a fine brickwork memorial, which was designed and constructed by brickwork students of South Kent College on 2001. Then the is the aforementioned Memorial Wall, which has a nice touch of naming all those aircrew who took part in the battle, not just those who lost their lives.
In the middle of the grass of the main area there is another memorial which depicts a young airman, sitting down, looking out to see, remembering his comrades.
Also there are a couple of planes, a spitfire and a hurricane, over to one side of the site.
It can get quite exposed and windy on the site so there is also a welcoming small cafe and gift shop.Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Historical Travel