Aviation history may have been brought to a close at RAF Leuchars last week but personnel still paid tribute on Sunday to the airmen who served in one of the most famous battles in World War Two.
RAF personnel and the local community attended a service at Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews, to mark the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Led by Air Officer Scotland and Station Commander RAF Leuchars, Air Commodore Gerry Mayhew, they were joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Fife, RAF cadets, veterans and members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, as well as representatives from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
The poignant service honoured those actions of ‘The Few’.
In the summer and autumn of 1940, a battle for national survival was waged in the skies over the Britain. Not only would this struggle, the first to be fought primarily in the air, decide the fate of the UK, but on it also rested the freedom of Europe and the outcome of the war.
Remembering those who fought, and those who lost their lives, Air Commodore Mayhew said: “Today’s service was a fitting tribute to the selfless bravery and commitment of those men who, during our ‘Finest Hour’, delivered battle-winning air power when Britain needed it most. Nearly three-quarters of a century on, their hard-fought victory remains a towering inspiration to all of today’s Royal Air Force personnel as we stand at readiness to protect British skies.”