Battle of Britain Pilot’s Memorial Dedicated
With the 70th anniversary events commemorating the Battle of Britain getting into full swing by mid-summer there was one small and yet touchingly intimate ceremony which was held deep in the Kent countryside, reports Andy Saunders. It honoured a Belgian fighter pilot who lost his life on Sunday 15 September 1940, Battle of Britain day.
Pilot Officer Albert van-den Hove d’Ertsenrijck of 501 Squadron was killed when attempting to force-land his damaged Hurricane at Bilting, Kent. Sadly, as he approached his chosen field, with a thin wisp of smoke trailing out behind, he stalled off a turn and struck a substantial tree before the wreckage fell into the River Stour killing him outright.