In this one picture, the bigger tale is told. About a quarter of The Few were killed in The Battle of Britain. The ranks of those left thinned in the war, and afterwards Now there is only one of The Few who flew left: John Hemingway. At 101, the Irishman put his survival down to ‘the luck of the Irish.’ Sláinte!
John Hemingway, the last of The Few. John Allman Hemingway, DFC, AE (born 17 July 1919) is an Irish former Royal Air Force fighter pilot. He served during the Second World War in the Battle of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, the Allied invasion of Italy and the Invasion of Normandy. Following the death of William Clark in May 2020, Hemingway became the last verified surviving airman of the Battle of Britain. He was shot down four times during the Second World War.
Meanwhile, over 40 others who fought The Battle of Britain are represented among the They Were There: Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat signatories – around one in seventy of The Few. Each signature tells an extraordinary story. Each signature is part of the great web that entangled the Allies in a world at war.
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