Today, HRH The Duke of Cambridge met some sixty WWII Royal Air Force (RAF) veterans when he visited RAF Coningsby to mark the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). The BBMF was inaugurated on 11 July 1957 to be a lasting commemoration of all those who have lost their lives serving in the RAF, or its predecessor the Royal Flying Corps, in all conflicts from 1914 to the present day. Its fleet of WWII aircraft is preserved in flying condition as a living tribute to them all.
After The Duke had met veterans over coffee, the BBMF took to the air and gave a memorable flying display which brought a tear to the eyes of many of the onlookers.
Officer Commanding BBMF, Sqn Ldr Andrew Millikin said:
“This has been an immensely proud day for us. All of the team - air crew, ground crew and support staff - have put on a fitting celebration of our 60th anniversary which we were honoured to share with His Royal Highness and so many of our cherished veterans. I believe today demonstrates our commitment to live up to our motto: ‘Lest We Forget’.”