Dereham remembers The Few at Battle of Britain parade
PUBLISHED: 18:11 18 September 2016 | UPDATED: 18:11 18 September 2016
It is 76 years since the Battle of Britain raged in the skies above England as the RAF fought to gain air supremacy against Hitler’s Luftwaffe and bring to an end the Fuhrer’s invasion plans.
And on Sunday the veterans and Air Training Corps cadets joined forces in Dereham to remember the 544 British and overseas air crew who died defending our nation between July 10 and October 31, 1940.
The annual commemoration is always held on the Sunday closest to September 15; the date Hitler is said to have realised he had lost the aerial battle for supremacy of the skies.
It was on that day that the Luftwaffe sent 1500 aircraft to rain bombs down on London.
The Dereham event was organised by the Dereham and Swaffham branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA).
Deputy chairman Dave George said: “It is important that we keep holding these parades but, like most things, we get less and less people attending.
“We do always get good support from the young cadets and that gives me confidence that this annual parade will have a future.”
Dennis O’Callaghan, who is president of the Dereham branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “In that small period of time in 1940 those men saved England from the Nazis.
“We simply can not forget what they did and we need to keep holding this parade every year.”
Dereham Town Band led the parade which went from the Cherry Tree car park, past the war memorial, through the Market Place and onto St Nicholas Church for a service.
Dereham mayor Phillip Duigan along with other town, district and county councillors also took part.
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