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Last of the Few laid to rest

By James F September 30, 2017 0 comments

Another Battle of Britain hero and Spitfire pilot, Squadron Leader Nigel Rose, has been laid to rest  in his home town of Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, last Saturday.

The ceremony was said to be completely fitting for such a hero, with standing room only, family and friends, complete with 3 Royal Airforce flyovers. 

 

Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, last Saturday. 

There are unconfirmed numbers, but we are slowly coming down to the very last men that took part in what is thought by many as the most important allied victory in WW2. 

Rose, survived an attack by a Messerschmitt 110 over the Channel, and is credited with at least 3 confirmed kills. 

 

Squadron Leader Nigel rose on his wedding day with wife, Pam, in 1941


There has been much publicity on the funeral, so in respect of not just covering news for the sake of it. I think these short clips of Nigel recounting some memories will say more than I ever could.


I don't think I will ever get tired of listening to ww2 veterans calmly recount their experiences, as though they were describing an amusing thing that happened to them on the way to the shops. Incredible - Lest We Forget

 

- Nigel on the mood in Britain after the evacuation of Dunkirk -

"We were issued revolvers and about 15 rounds..."


 

- Nigel on being hit by a Messerschmitt 110 -

A hell of a bang... and I suddenly found nosing downwards, and heading towards the sea. Which was a long way away..."

 

'There was a terrific battle going on when we arrived. There was a Hurricane upside down in the airfield. Great fights going on in the sky..."

 

 
 

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