IF you’re wandering through Casemates Square this Saturday evening and you see an RAF Hawk zoom above you, don’t fear. 

To commemorate the Battle of Britain RAF Gibraltar held a series of events to mark this anniversary, these included a Sunset Ceremony, BBQ, Flypast, a formal dinner, and church service. A Hawk trainer jet from 100 Squadron RAF Leeming conducted a flypast over RAF Gibraltar at the same time many VIP's attended the Sunset Ceremony with the Governor of Gibraltar Lieutenant General Sir James Dutton KCB CBE taking the salute. Air Commodore Alison Mardell (Deputy Legal Services Air Command) and RAF Gibraltar Station Commander Wing Commander Greg Smith representing the Royal Air Force. In musical support the Band of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment played many of the favourite tunes associated to the RAF.

There are two planned flyovers to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The first Hawk will fly over RAF Gibraltar at 7:30pm, while the second Hawk – both from 100 Squadron – will provide the backdrop to a formal dinner evening at the base.

The Battle of Britain was an aerial bombing campaign carried out by the German Air Force during the Second World War, in 1940.

Tom Powell

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