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EVENTS 1940: RAF Fighter Command, above, is claiming victory over the Luftwaffe after a day of heavy bombing raids ends in major losses for the enemy.
Arnold recalls how lines were installed to the RAF Catterick searchlight unit, West Hartlepool, Fighter Command at Kenton and RAF stations at Usworth and Thornaby.
In an emotional day, Eileen, who joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force at the age of 19, met former fighter pilots and filter room officers at Bentley Priory in Harrow, north west London, which was the headquarters of Fighter Command during the decisive air battle.
The availability to Fighter Command of a fighter control system based on a chain of radar stations was a vital factor too, as well as the sheer quality of the Spitfire and Hurricane and the aggressiveness, courage and determination of the aircrews.
More than 200 rescue vessels were sunk and Fighter Command lost 100 planes.
So, if we do not need an RAF Fighter Command, do we need all of the command structure of the RAF itself?
Some 544 personnel from Fighter Command died in the bitter air battle that raged throughout the summer of 1940.
Geoffrey survived in Fighter Command - where life expectancy for a Spitfire pilot was just four weeks - until August 1941, having been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross the previous month.