William Walker, the last surviving member of that gallant group of fighter pilots known as “The Few”, died on October 22nd at the age of 99.
Without them, the Luftwaffe would have obtained the necessary mastery of the air needed to enable the invasion of Britain by the Axis powers, thus enabling the Third Reich to defeat the Soviets and last for 1,000 years.
Although the United States was very much opposed to becoming involved in the war, some decades after the war was over, the Third Reich would have consolidated its power over Europe and large parts of Asia, and competing economic and strategic interests would have resulted in tensions that inevitably would have led to serious competition between America and Germany if not outright war, but we can only speculate on that.
If my sister and I had been born after a successful invasion, I would probably have been drafted into a British military unit fighting the Soviets, and my sister would have spent her productive years making babies for the Third Reich.
When I was born in 1946, most people in Britain were war veterans, and many of them were still under the age of thirty. Now there are very few left, and they will soon be gone, to be followed in another few years by the last of the Korean War veterans.
Most people will notice Flight Lieutenant Walker’s death with passing interest only, but the symbolism to those of us who are older is very powerful. It causes deep reflection on what people like him did for us, and of how much we are in their debt.
And now we must carry on their struggle, and free ourselves of the invasion which has since taken place, and which now threatens the very existence of the White race, not just that of the British.
“The gratitude of every home in our island, in our empire, and indeed throughout the world, 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.” – Sir Winston Churchill.
See the Daily Mail story on William Walker and the Battle of Britain here.