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Last week we launched an exciting new campaign to honour the last remaining Battle of Britain veterans with knighthoods. We’re pleased to report that in the last seven days more than thirty-five thousand people have signed the petition to voice their support for recognising real heroes – like our broken honours system is supposed to.

The people of Britain are fed up with seeing undeserving celebrities, failed politicians, and civil servants awarded with the highest honours while those who risked everything to defend Britain are ignored. Awarding knighthoods to the last remaining Few – who have done more to deserve it than anybody else – would do a great deal to restore the integrity of the honours system.

Our petition has gathered tremendous momentum, but we need to keep up the pressure. If you haven’t already, please spread the word to your friends and family by forwarding this email to them or by expressing your support by sharing our posts on Facebook or Twitter.

These extraordinary men fought valantly for the survival of our nation. Wing Commanders Tom Neil and Paul Farnes destroyed 23 enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain and damaged or shared in the destruction of many others.

Flight Lieutenant William Clark was an air gunner with 219 Squadron during the Battle of Britain and destroyed a Junkers Ju 88 and multiple Heinkel He 111s.

Wing Commander Tim Elkington served in the RAF for 36 years. During the Battle of Britain he destroyed a Messerschmitt Bf 109, a Junkers Ju 88, and helped bring down a Dornier Do 215.

Canadian-born Squadron Leader J. S. Hart took down a Messerschmitt Bf 109 and shared in the destruction of a Junkers Ju 88. He went on to serve in Italy and Burma.

Flight Lieutenant William Hughes served in 23 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He went on to serve in Egypt and completed two tours.

Flight Lieutenant Maurice Hewlett Mounsdon destroyed a Junkers Ju 87, two Messerschmitt Bf 110s, and a 109 during the Battle of Britain. He was shot down over Colchester on August 31 1940 and after a period of recovery he served as a flight instructor.

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum destroyed a Heinkel He 111 and two Messerschmitt Bf 109s, damaging many other enemy craft in the process.

The effort of these men and their fellow aircrew protected Britain from the onslaught of the Luftwaffe in our hour of greatest need. Truer words have not been spoken than those uttered by Winston Churchill in August 1940:

“The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

In 2018 we celebrate the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force, what better tribute can we as a nation make than to award a knighthood to each of these great men, a fitting expression of that gratitude, and a tribute to those brave men who secured the continued existence of a free United Kingdom.

Many thanks for your support,
The Leave.EU Team