With the build-up to the seventieth anniversary of the Battle Britain, I have been fielding a number of interview requests for my father, Tim. He did a filmed interview this week, to screen in September. Doesn’t much like interviews – says he didn’t do much and can’t remember much – but he did and does, and I think it’s great that there is such interest these days.
What concerns me, though, is that we tend to overlook the at-least-as-heroic efforts of people like the bomb disposal experts, the firemen, the convoy crews, the submariners and – because the bombing of Germany has come to be seen as overkill – the bomber crews. They may not have had such sexy (by the standards of the day) uniforms, but we should remember them, too.