One of the last survivors of the Battle of Britain, Flight Lieutenant Terry Clark, has died aged 101.
Mr Clark, originally from Croydon, had been living at a North Yorkshire care home where he died on Thursday, the eve of the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
His death leaves John “Paddy” Hemingway as the last member of “The Few” who took to the skies in summer 1940.
Mr Clark served as a radar operator during World War Two, defending the UK against Luftwaffe attacks.
The Battle of Britain led to the deaths of 544 RAF pilots and aircrew out of a group of 3,000.
Their bravery and sacrifice in withstanding the greater numbers of German pilots of the Luftwaffe and a possible invasion was recognised by then Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he told MPs.