OF THE REALM
by Robert Taylor
the azure skies above London and the south-eastern Shires
of England during the long, hot summer of 1940, a small band
of RAF fighter pilots, substantially out-numbered, and against
all odds, flew and fought a savage aerial battle in defence
of the Realm. Their success in repelling the might of the
Luftwaffe has become legend. They were Churchill’s FEW.
Fresh from the heat of battle after a dog-fight over the city,
No. 85 Squadron’s C.O., Peter Townsend, levels off and
turns his Hurricane for home to re-fuel, re-arm, and rejoin
the fight. A symbolic portrayal paying tribute to the Hawker
Hurricane and its legendary pilots who, between them, accounted
for four of every five enemy aircraft destroyed during the
momentous Battle of Britain.