Monday, February 10, 2020

Last RAF Battle of Britain ace takes off on his final flight

RAF ace Paul Farnes passes on at 101.  He was the last surviving RAF ace from the Battle Of Britain.  Dwight has the obit, as you'd expect, along with Robert Conrad, Orson Bean, and others.  It's his biggest obit summary I can remember with lots of really interesting people.

But Wing Commander Farnes led a particularly interesting life.

Paul Farnes with the Prince of Wales in 2017 CREDIT: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
I must confess that I am not a big fan of HRH Charles, but HM the Queen is a much different story.  I imagine that this meeting was a thrill for Farnes (and hopefully for her):

You can click through from Dwight's post to the NYT obit which describes his quite touching childhood, and the Sky News obit (from whence I got the pictures) is also worth a visit.

Ave atque vale, Wing Commander.


Old NFO said...

Truly the greatest generation. RIP Wing Commander.

Raptor said...

'Til Valhall.

LSP said...

RIP and God save the Queen.

Pigpen51 said...

I had actually watched a special on American Hero's Channel about the Battle of Britain. The men fighting for Britain were losing men daily, and yet they continued on,knowing that they were defending their homeland.
This is where the quote from Churchill came from. "Never have so many owed so much to so few."
RIP, Commander Farnes, you have earned it.