December 13 2013 Latest news:
by Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Monday, September 23, 2013
RAF pilots who fought during the Second World War have been honoured by a Hornchurch school who renamed its rooms after them at a special ceremony on Thursday.
The RJ Mitchell Primary School, in Tangmere Crescent, selected 13 pilots who were based at either RAF Hornchurch or RAF Northolt during the Battle of Britain.
The event followed on from Battle of Britain Day which was marked on Sunday.
A message from Chingford MP and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was relayed at the ceremony.
It read: “My father [WGG Duncan Smith] commanded 64 Squadron, the squadron that battled to protect troops during the Dieppe landing.
“He was wounded, burned and was awarded a field award of the Distinguished Flying Cross as a result of his actions.
“All of this happened whilst he was at Hornchurch. I know he always had fond memories of his time there.”
Headteacher Barry Read said: “We felt these pilots represented the core values of our school perfectly.
“We feel it is important to remember the sacrifices these people made.”
Deputy headteacher Kevin Lee added: “The children were hugely excited and the fact some families came, in some cases all the way from Poland, was the icing on the cake for us.”
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