BoB MF Celebrate Captain Tom 100

by Cathy Janson on
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To celebrate the 100th birthday of Captain Tom Moore and his fundraising achievements for the NHS, a flypast was organised by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, based at Royal Air Force Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

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Left: BBMF Hurricane. Right: BBMF Spitfire.

Retired Captain Tom Moore organised a fundraiser for the NHS, to raise money for the COVID-19 relief, his astounding efforts raised over thirty million pounds, as he turned 100 today the RAF wanted to honour his efforts with an iconic flypast consisting of two WW2 aircraft maintained by BBMF the Hurricane and Spitfire.


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“It was an exhilarating and humbling experience to celebrate Tom’s centenary and incredible fund-raising for the NHS in a fitting RAF fashion.”

Officer Commanding Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

The fly over consisted of two aircraft, a Hurricane, flown by Squadron Leader Mark ‘Disco’ Discombe and a Spitfire, flown by Flight Lieutenant Andy Preece. They took off from RAF Coningsby early Thursday morning (30 April) and reached Captain Moore’s home in Bedfordshire, before returning back to base.

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Left: BBMF Hurricane. Right: BBMF Spitfire.

Inspirational war veteran Captain Tom Moore has also been appointed the first Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, Harrogate on 30 April, in recognition of his incredible NHS fundraising feat that embodies the Army's values and standards and has captured the nation’s heart.

General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, Chief of the General Staff (CGS) made the appointment, which has been approved by Her Majesty The Queen, the day before Capt. Tom’s centenary.  Capt. Tom was informed in a letter presented by the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Miller) at Captain Moore’s home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.