Two WWII RAF veterans were cheered at the Royal Welsh Show last week as a pair of Spitfires performed a flypast.
The first was 99-year old former Warrant Officer Harry Polloway who served in the RAF as an electrical engineer working at the Battle of Britain station North Weald, as well as overseas in Sicily and Egypt.
Also honoured was 94-year old Eileen Younghusband, who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), where she worked as a Filterer Officer, helping to direct RAF fighters to intercept intruders. She would later help to track German missiles and after VE Day was sent to the Breendonk prison camp in Belgium to work as a translator.
The pair were invited to the event as part of the ongoing celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. A number of events have either already taken place or are planned for the weeks ahead. These include a Buckingham Palace flypast on July 10, as well as a special anniversary air show at Imperial War Museum Duxford in September, which is set to feature 20 Spitfires in mass formation and a ground recreation of a squadron scramble. The Royal Mail has also issued a new collection of commemorative stamps to honour the occasion.
The day was an emotional one for Polloway, who said: “Some years ago I was at an air museum with a Spitfire on display and I cried when I went up and touched it, but to see them here today was just wonderful.”
"It reminds people of the sacrifice people made during the Battle of Britain and through the war. Some of the pilots flying them lasted a day. It's also a reminder that I did my bit and I'm glad I did my bit. We should keep marking these anniversaries ? keep remembering," he added.