I grew up in the 1950’s not far from an RAF aerodrome, so I was familiar with the sound of Rolls Royce Merlin engines in the local Spitfires. Their most famous role was of course here in Kent during the Battle of Britain.
This last week there have been many Spitfires or Hurricanes flying over Kent, travelling to or from the celebrations marking the 75th Anniversary of the Dunkirk Evacuation when the ‘Little Ships’ went to the beach heads to rescue thousands of troops who were in danger of being killed or captured by Nazi forces who had overrun Northern France.
This link will lead you to two previously unseen silent films from those days. It is very clear how brave the small boatmen were when we see how steep the waves were, not to mention the devastation all around Dunkirk.