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JDF Air Wing
Celebrates Battle of Britain!!

Force-Chaplain-Laying-the-Standards for JDF Air Wing

The JDF Air Wing joins the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.   The Battle of Britain is the name given to the air campaign waged by the German Air Force against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940 in which, against overwhelming odds, the RAF defeated the German efforts to gain air superiority over Britain.   It has the distinction of being the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces and was the largest and most sustained aerial bombing campaign up until that date.

Members of the Air Wing at the Battle of Britain Church Service held on 12 Sep 2010

The annual commemoration began with a church service on the 12th of September and also includes a parade at the National Heroes Park on the 15th of September to honour those who lost their lives in the Battle and remember the many Jamaicans who served in the Royal Air Force.  

Custos of St Andrew, BHC, CDS

Several diplomats to include the Custos of St Andrew, Hon Marigold HARDING (representing the Governor General), the British High Commissioner, HE Howard DRAKE,  the Canadian High Commissioner, Hon Stephen HALLIHAN, the United States Chargé  d’Affaires,
Mr Isiah PARNELL, the CDS, Maj Gen Stewart SAUNDERS and President of RAFA,

Maj Gen Robert NEISH, were in attendance at the church service.   The Church Service began with the marching in of the RAFA standard and included items being given from both members of the JDF and RAFA.  The Service concluded with the RAFA standard being marched out and was followed by brunch at the British High Commission where a special tribute was paid to those who fought in the Battle of Britain.

Ms Evelyn Smith - Served as a nurse in World War II and Commander Gorman - 2IC JDF Air Wing