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Last of 'The Few' Honoured At Battle Of Britain Service

RAF veterans gathered at Westminster Abbey to mark 78 years since the Battle of Britain.

Hundreds of invited guests have attended a special ceremony at Westminster Abbey to mark 78 years since the Battle of Britain.

The events of 1940 saw the RAF defend Britain from attacks by Germany's Luftwaffe. It was the first decisive battle in history fought entirely in the air.

Spitfire And Hurricane From Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight
Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Winston Churchill went on to praise the pilots with the immortal words, "Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few."

Pilots who fought in the battle have been known as 'The Few' ever since.

Past and present RAF personnel Battle of Britain service at Westminster Abbey
Wing Commander Paul Farnes was one of 'The Few' at the Battle of Britain service.

100-year-old veteran, Wing Commander Paul Farnes, was one of those RAF pilots who attended the service. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for his 8 confirmed victories over enemy aircraft.

Past and present RAF personnel at Battle of Britain service
Past and present RAF personnel at the Battle of Britain service at Westminster Abbey.

The head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Hillier, said the service was a "key goal" of the RAF centenary celebrations.

"To commemorate our past and all the achievements and the courage and sacrifice."

Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Hillier at Battle of Britain service
Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Hillier said the Battle of Britain anniversary fell in an important year for the RAF.

Other RAF veterans who served in the Second World War also attended the service.  

Gladys Eva was a radar operator and still has strong memories of her role in defending Britain against the German onslaught.

"It was a dangerous time because if they could have wiped out the radar system they would have been halfway to winning the war."