Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel-le-Ferne
|The Battle of Britain Memorial|
Statue of a seated pilot at the Battle of Britain Memorial
|For the RAF casualties of the Battle of Britain|
|Unveiled||9 July 1993|
|Designed by||Harry Gray|
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.
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.
- "Announcing the winners of the Kent Design and Development awards". kentdesigndevelopmentawards.co.uk. 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
- Battle of Britain Memorial - homepage
- Harry Gray, Sculptor. The Carving Workshop - Cambridge, UK
- On the 70th Anniversary of the Battle, a veteran at the Memorial recalls his memories http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00cbgt6 or if viewing outside the UK: http://vimeo.com/35312839