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Wg Cdr Paul Farnes DFM AE 1918-2020


Wg Cdr Paul Farnes DFM AE, one of the last surviving veterans of the Battle of Britain, has died at the age of 101.

Paul flew Hawker Hurricanes in the Battle of France with 501 Squadron, gaining his first air-to-air victories before serving throughout the summer in the defence of Britain. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal in October 1940, having shot down five enemy aircraft in August alone.

He subsequently flew in both Malta and North Africa with 229 Squadron, and ended the war with 124 Squadron and with the acting rank of wing commander. After the cessation of hostilities he was granted a permanent commission in the RAF and served until June 1958. Justly proud of the air force’s role in the Battle of Britain, he attended many reunions and memorial services deep into later life. Paul’s passing means that only two of Churchill’s Few remain alive today – Flt Lt William Clark and Fg Off John Hemingway.

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