A light show tribute honouring “the women who were behind the scenes” working on radar has marked the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
The RAF Benevolent Fund staged the commemoration at a former radar site in Bawdsey on the Suffolk Coast.
The Battle of Britain took place between July and October 1940.
On 15 September the RAF gained a victory over the Luftwaffe, which was widely seen as a decisive moment for Britain’s fortunes during World War Two.
John Hemingway, 101, a RAF pilot in the battle said “all those who fought during those difficult months, not just the pilots” should be remembered.
It also featured the female radar operatives and filter room assistants who received and reported the information back to Fighter Command.
“The aid of radar early warning would prove to be one of the vital British advantages in the battle.”
Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot, chief executive of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, said although the pilots should be remembered there were other involved in the battle “we don’t reflect on enough”.
“Particularly, the women who were behind the scenes, as radar operatives, filter room attendants serving in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force or members of the Royal Observer Corps,” he said.