During the Battle of Britain, the defence of Britain depended heavily on the courage of fewer than 3,000 British & Allied aircrew. Had the battles not been won in the skies above Britain, invasion by Nazi Germany would have been likely.
‘Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few’.
British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill
Bentley Priory Museum tells the important and moving stories of ‘The Few’, through the display of photographs, medals and artefacts relating to the aircrew, including log-books.
During the Battle of Britain, sixteen different nationalities flew and fought together against the German Luftwaffe. This diversity is represented in the Museum, with artefacts of British aircrew hanging alongside those of pilots from Poland, Czechoslovakia, New Zealand and Canada.
The database currently has over 150 aircrew, and will continue to develop until the story of every Battle of Britain aircrew is told on it.
The Few & Bentley Priory
Annual dinners for Battle of Britain veterans were held at Bentley Priory, until 2010, when the renovation work at Bentley Priory proved too dangerous for the dinner to be held.
The Story of The Few: Battle of Britain Lace Panel
The panel depicts important Battle of Britain scenes, from the German bombing of London, to the aircraft, pilots and Allied Nations which fought. The panels were presented to individuals, organisations and places with significant connections to the Battle of Britain, including Bentley Priory.
Guided by photographs of the Battle of Britain, the panels took 2 years to design. 40,000 individually punched cards were used to create the jacquard for the pattern, and 26,000 miles of Egyptian cotton was used for each panel.