Rough-and-ready scoops of the BBC Breakfast Programme’s coverage this morning of the portrait being done of several of the precariously few surviving pilots from the Battle Britain.
Artist is Jeremy Houghton – and the main pilot featured in the 3.52 minute sequence is my father Tim Elkington. Part of a sequence that are being worked together, but I think this captures the man today wonderfully well.
As Tim says in the interview, this should be less about the pilots and more about the RAF. And, as it happens, I’m part-way through The Birth of the RAF, 1918 by Richard Overy, with Patrick Bishop’s Air Force Blue: The RAF in World War Two – Spearhead of Victory in my to-read stack.