Veterans feast at Biggin Hill café on anniversary of The Battle of Britain

09:56 20 September 2016

Ray Roberts at the Spitfire Cafe

Ray Roberts at the Spitfire Cafe


Two veterans visited the Spitfire Café last week

Albert Bennett outside the Spitfire CafeAlbert Bennett outside the Spitfire Cafe

Two veterans of the Battle of the Britain stopped by at a Biggin Hill café after commemorating the aerial battle’s 76th anniversary last week.

Ray Roberts visited the Spitfire Café after visiting Biggin Hill’s heritage hangar on Tuesday, September 13.

The 99-year-old, set to turn 100 next month was in the R.A.F and in July 1940 his plane caught fire forcing him to bail out, breaking both his ankles on landing.

Just two months later Mr Roberts returned to flying, but unfortunately his injury prevented him from flying effectively.

He then spent months building tanks after being discharged as medically unfit.

On Sunday, 102-year-old veteran Albert Bennett popped in for lunch with his daughter, after a service at the nearby R.A.F Chapel of Remembrance.

During his service, Mr Bennett worked in India servicing Hurricanes and Dakotas before they flew off to Burma.

He later joined the 155 Spitfire Squadron and went to Burma to ensure the planes were in top condition.

Café owner Sally O’Connor called it ‘a very special week’.

She said: “My aim is for them not to be forgotten.”

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