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The Many and The Few of the Battle of Britain remembered at St Paul's 75 years on

The sacrifices made by 'The Few' as well as 'The Many' in the Battle of Britain 75 years ago, have been remembered at a national service in St Paul's.

Entitled Leading the Nation's Thanks, the service on Tuesday 15 September 2015 organised with the Royal Air Forces Association commemorated 'The Few' as well as ‘The Many’ who supported them - all those involved, including ground crew, radar operatives, and maintenance operatives, as well as flight crew and pilots.


'The Few' was a term coined by Sir Winston Churchill when he spoke about the Battle of Britain, saying: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

The service, attended by HRH The Earl of Wessex and Prime Minister David Cameron, also remembered 'The Many' of the Battle including the thousands on the ground who supported those in the air.


Also in attendance was the new President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, representing a nation who gave much to the efforts of the Allies in the Battle of Britain. After the service, Mr Duda laid a wreath at the memorial to the Polish Airmen in the crypt.

An address was given by The Venerable Jonathan Chaffey, Archdeacon for the Royal Airforce. In an act of remembrance Chief of the Air Staff Sir Andrew Pulford read words of Herbert Corby, RAF, which included the line: "Their glory shines about in the sky forever."