A 20-year-old RAF Sergeant will be honoured for his bravery, during World War Two, near his crash-site today (Thursday).
As previously reported, Sergeant John Keating Haire, nicknamed “Bunny” by his friends and colleagues will be honoured, near the village of Arreton -which he saved from devastation.
A Spitfire and Hurricane will perform a flypast during the day, and her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant Nicholas Oulton will unveil a granite monument, to remember the Sergeant’s selfless actions.
John Pulfer, Managing Director at the Battle of Britain Historical Society told Isle of Wight Radio:
“Nobody really knew that this young man made the ultimate sacrifice so we decided as a society that we would make sure a granite monument was put in place to let everybody know.”
The order of the service for the day includes a march on parade by 504 squadron, poems, wreath-laying, famous political speeches read by a Cadet of the Air Training Corps and much more.
As Winston Churchill said:
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”…