Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne

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The Battle of Britain Memorial
United Kingdom
Battle of Britain Memorial Pilot.JPG
Statue of a seated pilot at the Battle of Britain Memorial
For the RAF casualties of the Battle of Britain
Unveiled9 July 1993
Locationnear 
Designed byHarry Gray

The Battle of Britain Memorial is a monument to aircrew who flew in the Battle of Britain. It is sited on the White Cliffs at Capel-le-Ferne, near Folkestone, on the coast of Kent.

It was initiated by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, and opened by the Queen Mother on 9 July 1993. It is formed of a large propeller-shaped base, with the figure of a seated pilot carved by Harry Gray sitting at the centre. The propeller shape has led the monument to be considered a hill figure.

Also on the site are replicas of a Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire and the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall, on which appears the names of the almost 3,000 fighter aircrew who flew in the Battle.

In October 2010 The Duchess of Cornwall unveiled a bust of Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park by sculptor Will Davies at the site.

The new visitor centre, called The Wing and built in the shape of a Spitfire wing, was opened in 2015, and contains The Scramble Experience. It won 'Project of the Year' at the 2016 Kent Design and Development awards.[1]

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  1. ^ "Announcing the winners of the Kent Design and Development awards". kentdesigndevelopmentawards.co.uk. 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2017.

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Coordinates: 51°05′55″N 1°12′21″E / 51.0985°N 1.2059°E / 51.0985; 1.2059