21 June 2018
Battle of Britain pilot to attend the Show
Wing Commander John Francis Durham ‘Tim’ Elkington, one of the few surviving Royal Air Force fighter pilots who flew during the Battle of Britain, will be attending this year’s Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel.
The 97-year-old veteran of one of the most important battles of World War Two will be attending on the second day of the show – Sunday 24th June.
Born in Edgbaston and now living in Little Rissington, Gloucestershire, Tim joined the Royal Air Force in September 1939 as a Flight Cadet. He was commissioned on 14 July 1940, and joined No. 1 Squadron RAF at RAF Northolt a day later, from where he flew Hawker Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain.
Tim was promoted to Flying Officer and then Flight Lieutenant and continued to fly Hawker Hurricanes during other battles in World War Two. He continued to serve in the RAF after the war and was promoted to Wing Commander in 1961 before retiring in 1975.
Tim Elkington commented: “This is a very special year as we are marking both the Centenary of the RAF and World War One. As a member of the RAF, it means a lot to me to be able to attend events such as this one and provide an RAF presence. As one of the few surviving pilots of the Battle of Britain I also enjoy being able to share my stories of how, with luck(!), I survived the battle.”
Alastair Clements, Classic & Sports Car Magazine's Editor in Chief, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Tim Elkington to the Show. As one of the remaining members of ‘The Few’, he is an inspiration to us all and has so many incredible stories to share. We are thrilled to be able to share our fantastic historic air displays and aircraft with him, and look forward to marking this special Centenary year at the Show.”