ACM Sir Mike Wigston (left) alongside Retired Group Captain John Hemingway 'last of the few' 17072022 CREDIT Chief of Air Staff Twitter, MOD.jpg
Chief of Air Staff Sir Mike Wigston (left) commended the "courage and resilience" of Battle of Britain fighter pilot Group Captain John 'Paddy' Hemingway (Picture: Chief of Air Staff Twitter/MOD).
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Birthday wishes pour in for last known Battle of Britain pilot as he turns 103

ACM Sir Mike Wigston (left) alongside Retired Group Captain John Hemingway 'last of the few' 17072022 CREDIT Chief of Air Staff Twitter, MOD.jpg
Chief of Air Staff Sir Mike Wigston (left) commended the "courage and resilience" of Battle of Britain fighter pilot Group Captain John 'Paddy' Hemingway (Picture: Chief of Air Staff Twitter/MOD).

The last known surviving Battle of Britain fighter pilot has celebrated his 103rd birthday.

Birthday wishes have been pouring in for Group Captain John 'Paddy' Hemingway DFC.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston said it was with his "great pleasure" to wish Group Captain Paddy' – "last of The Few" – a very happy 103rd birthday.

The Chief of the Air Staff commended his "courage and resilience" throughout his wartime service and RAF career, calling the Battle of Britain pilot "an inspiration to us all".

Retired Gp Capt Hemingway is believed to be the last-known surviving veteran of the RAF Battle of France and the last of 'The Few' – those pilots who flew during the Battle of Britain. 

He served during the Second World War over Dunkirk, in the battles over France and Britain, and in Italy, before then serving with NATO and as Station Commander of RAF Leconfield.

In December he received a special Christmas gift from the Royal Air Force – he was given a replacement uniform after he said that he wished he had been in uniform to meet the Chief of the Air Staff during a nursing home visit in Northern Ireland.