At 3.03pm today, eagle-eyed Swindonians would have spotted a magnificent sight in the skies above their heads – The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
One photographer Adrian Balch of Photair Press managed to capture the moment in all its glory.
His pictures show the entire RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight of four Spitfires and two Hurricanes overflying Radnor Street cemetery at just after 3pm today, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and Swindon-born pilot Sqn. Ldr. Harold Starr.
The original flypast was scheduled for 12.50pm but due to weather, there was a two hour delay flying out of Goodwood, Sussex.
Adrian said: “The flypast was originally going to be just one Spitfire, so it was extremely exciting to capture all six fighters of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight over Swindon.”
Up at Radnor Street Cemetary an invited group of guests shared a unique commemoration in honour of the 544 pilots who died in the battle, including Swindon born Squadron Leader Harold Starr who is buried there. He led members of 253 Squadron into battle and was killed by German pilots in his parachute above Kent on 31 August after baling out of his stricken Hurricane.
Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester and Honorary Air Marshal of the Royal Air Force, was present at the cemetery with some 35 members of Harold Starr’s family. The event was organised by Swindon Heritage in association with Paul Gentleman and Caroline Black.
The flypast flew directly above the cemetary in Sqn. Ldr. Starr’s honour.
Photo credit ‘Adrian Balch/Photair Press’