Across this morning to join many members of the family at Westminster Abbey for the 77th Battle of Britain memorial service. Tim was one of four surviving BoB veterans who took part – delightfully receiving a standing ovation at one point.
Fascinating conversations with a range of people, including family members of veterans, young RAF volunteers and even an aviation historian.
BoB veteran Tom Neil, who was in the front row, directly ahead of us in the Abbey, quoted here as saying that he and his comrades in arms (or on wings) were survivors, rather than heroes.
The truth is that they were – and continue to be – both.