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World Battle of Britain fighter pilot Paul Farnes dies at 101

05:00  31 january  2020
05:00  31 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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LONDON (AP) — Paul Farnes , one of the last remaining Battle of Britain fighter pilots who helped protect the U.K. during World War II, has died . 17, 2017 file photo, Britain 's Prince Charles, left, shakes hands with Battle of Britain veteran Wing Commander Paul Farnes , in Dover, England .

The last surviving Battle of Britain ace pilot from World War Two has died aged 101 . Wing Cdr Paul Farnes was among the 3,000 airmen - The Few - who defended England 's skies in 1940. He died at his home in Hampshire on Tuesday morning, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said.

LONDON (AP) — Paul Farnes, one of the last remaining Battle of Britain fighter pilots who helped protect the U.K. during World War II, has died. He was 101.

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017 file photo, Britain's Prince Charles, left, shakes hands with Battle of Britain veteran Wing Commander Paul Farnes, in Dover, England. One of the last remaining and most decorated Battle of Britain fighter pilots who helped protect Britain during World War II has died. The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said Wing Commander Paul Farnes died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at the age of 101. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)© Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017 file photo, Britain's Prince Charles, left, shakes hands with Battle of Britain veteran Wing Commander Paul Farnes, in Dover, England. One of the last remaining and most decorated Battle of Britain fighter pilots who helped protect Britain during World War II has died. The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said Wing Commander Paul Farnes died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at the age of 101. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)

Farnes, who was a wing commander during the war, died at his home Tuesday, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said late Wednesday.

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The last fighter ace of the Battle of Britain has died , leaving only two of The Few alive. Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, died peacefully at his home in

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said Wing Commander Paul Farnes died at his home Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at the age of 101 . One of the last remaining and most decorated Battle of Britain fighter pilots who helped protect Britain during World War II has died .

He had been the last surviving pilot who had been officially designated an “ace” because of the number of enemy aircraft he downed.

He was one of roughly 3,000 airmen who fought the German Luftwaffe in the skies above southern England in 1940 when Britain was vulnerable to invasion by Nazi forces.

The group was honored by wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill who said “never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

Farnes was also the last remaining member of the group who was healthy enough to attend a memorial day event last year.

Farnes was "very proud" of his Distinguished Flying Medal, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said. He was responsible for the destruction of six enemy planes, the damage of six others, and the probable destruction of another.

In 2015, Farnes and others received spontaneous applause at a service in their honor at Westminster Abbey.

“It was very emotional today because, when we walked out of the abbey, the audience applauded and it's never happened before at the annual service and I was very moved by it,” he said at the time.

“It is amazing that the Battle of Britain has caught on with the public and I am very proud to have been a part of it.”

He retired from the Royal Air Force in 1958.

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