The History of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association: Commemorating the Few

Posted: May 6, 2015 in Aerial, Books, World War II

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In 1945 it was announced that Allied airmen who had taken part in the Battle of Britain in 1940 would be entitled to the “immediate” award of the 1939-1945 Star, with Battle of Britain Clasp. This was the only Clasp awarded with the 1939-1945 Star.

In the following years holders of the Clasp held informal get-togethers. In 1958 the Battle of Britain Fighter Association (BBFA) was formed, with full membership only available to holders of the Battle of Britain Clasp. Lord Dowding was the first President. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother became Patron and the post is now held by HRH The Prince of Wales.

news-detail-1_23As well as organising reunions and providing some welfare assistance to members and widows, the Association has played a key role in researching entitlement to the Clasp and pronouncing on claims for the Clasp.

The History of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association seems rather an odd subject for a book – and odd subject it certainly is.  The work is, however, obviously a labour of love for Simpson, and his enthusiasm for the subject shines through, making it an enjoyable, if not especially engrossing, read.

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The rather odd subject matter – which is basically a history of some historians – may mean this book struggles to find a readership, but I certainly hope it does, as Simpson is an excellent writer.  I look forward to his next title, for sure.

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