TRIBUTE has been paid to those who fought in the Battle of Britain.
Warwick and Leamington MP Matt Western marked the 80th anniversary of the turning point of the battle on Tuesday (September 15).
The battle is seen as a crucial turning point in the Second World War, securing supremacy of the skies over Britain and preventing an invasion which was considered imminent.
It lasted four months and, though greatly out-numbered, ‘the few’ overcame their enemy thanks to their heroism and the support of both men and women on the ground.
The battle claimed the lives of 5,000 military personnel and 14,000 civilians.
The MP urged residents to join him in remembering those who fought.
He said: “Outnumbered British, Canadian and, not to forget, Polish and other refugee pilots bravely fought the Luftwaffe in what is widely seen as the turning point for the war. I want to remember their incredible service to their country.
“Additionally, we must mark and celebrate the role of women in the WAAF and in Fighter Command, who were absolutely critical to our success.
“We must all remember them. I will always champion and support our armed forces, including supporting local residents who are serving or are veterans, as well as actively participating in the great work of the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Royal British Legion.”