New Uniform Xmas gift delivered to Last Battle of Britain pilot Capt Hemingway 21122021 CREDIT RAF
Group Captain (retired) John 'Paddy' Hemingway (left) receiving his gift from Wing Commander Jacqueline Rankin (Picture: RAF).
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New uniform wish comes true for last known surviving Battle of Britain pilot

The Christmas gift was inspired after the retired group captain said he wished he'd been in uniform to meet the Chief of the Air Staff.

New Uniform Xmas gift delivered to Last Battle of Britain pilot Capt Hemingway 21122021 CREDIT RAF
Group Captain (retired) John 'Paddy' Hemingway (left) receiving his gift from Wing Commander Jacqueline Rankin (Picture: RAF).

The last known surviving Battle of France and Battle of Britain pilot has received a special, early Christmas gift from the Royal Air Force.

Group Captain (retired) John Paddy Hemingway was given a replacement uniform after he said earlier in the year that he wished he had been in uniform to meet the Chief of the Air Staff during a nursing home visit in Northern Ireland.

The uniform was delivered by Wing Commander Jacqueline Rankin, Personal Staff Officer to Air Marshal Sean Reynolds, the RAF's Air Officer Northern Ireland.

Mr Hemingway's son Brian was with his father when he received the gift and said: "My dad was quite emotional and grateful for this special Christmas present."

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

The former Hurricane pilot's medals were also returned, after undergoing restoration and cleaning work at the RAF Museum in London.