World War II hero to open the Churchill School....15 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 15, 2003 - 04:01 PM

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The new Churchill School will be formally handed over on 19th May at 2pm and opened on Saturday 31st May at 2pm

Air Commodore, Peter Brothers CBE DSO DFC who flew from Hawkinge in World War II will open the building.

He joined the RAF in 1936 and was a Flight Commander with 32 Squadron at the outbreak of war.

He flew Hurricanes in the great air battles of France and Dunkirk and during the Battle of Britain flew from the famous Biggin Hill fighter station before joining Bob Stanford-Tuck at 257 Squadron.

In 1941 he formed 457 Squadron with Australian pilots and a year later took command of 602 Squadron. In October 1942, Peter Brothers was appointed Wing Leader at Tangmere. He finished the war with 16 victories.

Headteacher Jennie Carter is inviting the whole village to the event which includes the Hythe Town Band playing a medley of airforce marches. 150303