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New bust unveiled - tribute to Battle of Britain visionary

A special ceremony was held for the unveiling

A tribute to one of the most visionary leaders of World War Two has been unveiled at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne in Kent. The bust of Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding, who led Fighter Command through 1940, was unveiled by Prince of Michael of Kent. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are the sculptor, Will Davies; Richard Hunting from The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust; and Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, a Battle of Britain fighter-pilot.

The statue is at the Battle of Britain memorial


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Journey back in time to the 1940s

It was a time of community spirit, of evenings by the wireless, and of making do in incredbly tough times. Now the war-time era of the 1940s has been recreated at a costume shop in the south east, and will soon open to the public as a living museum.

David Johns has been to look round, speaking to re-enactors Debbie White and Judy Knight.

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Lord Paddy Ashdown launches daring mission honouring WWII's Cockleshell Heroes

Former Royal Marine and ex leader of the Lib Dems Lord Paddy Ashdown has officially launched a daring expedition by injured war heroes.

Members of the Pilgrim Bandits charity, many of them amputees, plan to recreate the famous World War Two mission Operation Frankton which was made famous in the film Cockleshell Heroes.

Also at the launch in London was the great niece of one of the original Cockleshell Heroes. Kerry Swain was there.

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Young musicians from Kent pay Dambusters tribute

Young musicians from Kent have paid tribute to another generation at a concert at the Royal Albert Hall last night. Students from the North Knatchbull School in Ashford were among the 3,000 performers who remembered the Dambusters from World War Two.

Kent played a vital role for the Dambusters training. The coastline at Reculver was used to test the "bouncing bomb" before the squadron flew on to Germany. David Wood reports.

Sunken German bomber brought in to land at Ramsgate

German war plane salvaged from sea off Kent is brought in to land at Ramsgate Credit: RAF Museum

The RAF Museum has been posting images of a salvaged German bomber plane that has been raised from the sea off the Kent coast. The Dornier 17 aircraft has been under water since World War Two. It has been underwater for the past seventy years.

The Dornier 17 aircraft has been underwater for more than 70 years Credit: RAF Museum


Sunken WWII bomber due to come in to shore soon

Staff from the RAF Museum has been posting live updates on social media about when they expect a salvaged German bomber aircraft from WWII to be brought in to shore at Ramsgate. The Dornier 17 has been under water off the Kent coast for more than seventy years.

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