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It is with regret That I have to announce the Death of  Squadron Leader Graham Leggett. He passed away in May of this year.

Our condolences and Sympathy to his family and Friends.

Sqdn Ldr Leggett

“Percival Graham Leggett was born on the 24th of February 1921 and joined the RAFVR In June 1939 as an Airman under training Pilot. He was called up for active duty on 1 September 1939 and he completed his training in September 1940. On the 18 September 1940 Leggett crashed at Oldbury on Severn in Gloucestershire but was unhurt. Leggett was posted to No.615 Squadron at RAF Prestick in Scotland then to 245 Squadron at RAF Aldergrove on 28 September and then to No.46 Squadron at RAF Stapleford on 18 October 1940. He claimed a Fiat BR.20 and probably destroyed and shared in the destruction of another on 11 November 1940. Leggett was then posted to No.145 Squadron in late November 1940 and then to No.96 Squadron on 18 December 1940. Flying his Hurricane off Ark Royal, Leggett joined 249 Squadron in Malta in June 1941 and was in action that same afternoon. In July he increased his Battle of Britain score by shooting down a Macchi C.200 but was shot down in December, bailing out with minor injuries. He was posted to the Desert Air Force just before El Alamein. An RAFVR pilot, Leggett had flown both Hurricanes and Defiants before his posting to Malta. He stayed on in the RAF commanding 73 Squadron on Vampires, retiring in 1958 as a Squadron Leader.”

North Weald Museum

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Laurie Morton writes

The Kent Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge, near Folkestone, Kent is very worthwhile visiting.  It is a moving and fascinating experience.  RAF Hawkinge was the nearest airfield to the Channel coast and thus the nearest to the Battle, so it saw a great deal of action.

The museum offers an extensive range of exhibits, part and complete fighter aircraft, both RAF and German, and salvaged bits thereof, vehicles of the time and a large number of engines etc..

The museum presents a balanced  record of the Battle, so, uniquely, both sides are fairly equally represented.  Again uniquely, the various exhibits have been painstakingly researched to discover the precise aircraft from which they came and the name of the pilot.

In many cases the historian/researcher, Dave Brocklehurst, who is also the chairman of the Kent Battle of Britain Museum Trust, and his volunteer colleagues at Hawkinge have made contact with the families of the deceased young men and obtained personal photographs to accompany the exhibits.  This enables a  detailed,  and emotive, accompaniment to each one

This is the only museum to take this approach, and as a result it is visited by many Germans, appreciating the respect paid to their combatants, as well as our own.  They too had little choice in the matter.

Recently, Dave Brocklehurst was nominated by eleven  Battle of Britain veterans and was recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List with an MBE.  A worthy measure of the quality of the museum and his work there.

See the website at:

http://www.kbobm.org/index.htm

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