”The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” – Watercolour in a Watercolour Moleskine
This quote is from (I Corinthians 15:26) and was used by Richard Hillary in his book “The Last Enemy” which is based on his experience of being an RAF Fighter pilot during The Battle of Britain in 1940. This scene attempts to depict RAF fighter climbing to engage enemy bombers.
It is exactly 70 years since the 3rd, and most crucial stage of the battle took place. These stages were:
Stage 1 10th July – 11th August – The attacks on the channel convoys in an attempt to draw allied fighters into battle
Stage 2 12 August – 23rd August – Early attacks on some coastal airfields
Stage 3 24th August – 6th September – The attacks on British airfields
Stage 4 7th September onwards – The attacks switch to the bombing of cities relieving pressure on the fighter squadrons and allowing them to regroup.
Richard Hillary describes, in absorbing and horrific detail what it meant to be a part of this battle and to be shot down an horrifically injured. The book was written, mainly for propaganda purposes but if you read this you will not fail to be impressed by the courage of all who took part in this pivotal period in history. Winston Churchill said “Never in field of human conflict was so much owed, by so many to so few”. (Speech to parliament – 20th August 1940). I think he had a point there.