Poetry by Jeff Green

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The Few

by cricketjeff on August 20, 2010.  © Jeff Green, All rights reserved

When bombers rained their venom from the sky
The fall of France meant Britain stood alone
And Hitler seemed about to take the throne
The few who flew defended Britain’s sky
      The Hurricanes and Spitfires had to fly
      So Germany had no chance to invade
      And every day raw courage was displayed
      The few who flew defended Britain’s sky
Too many brave young flyers had to die
Around the World these heroes should be praised
They won the time for armies to be raised
The few who flew defended Britain’s sky
      When bombers rained their venom from the sky
      The few who flew defended Britain’s sky

The few who flew defended Britain’s sky
From Dorniers and Heinkels by the score
They had to knock these scourges to the floor
To save the World for folk like you and I
      Keith Park’s young men were tasked each day to try
      And stop the Lutwaffe seizing air control
      A tiny band to hold that vital role
      To save the World for folk like you and I
The battle won the World still had to cry
Another thousand battles to be fought
And millions more would die as nations sought
To save the World for folk like you and I
      The few who flew defended Britain’s sky
      To save the World for folk like you and I

Author notes

Seventy years ago today Winston Churchill made his famous speech including the line “Never in the field of human conflict, was so much owed, by so many, to so few”, thereby creating a name for the pilots of RAF fighter command, flying repeated sorties against the odds to deny Hitler and Goering Air superiority over South Eastern England in what became known as “The Battle of Britain”