Tom Neil who has died aged 97 was one of the last two surviving Battle of Britain ‘aces’. Just 20 years old, he shot down eleven enemy aircraft serving on 249 Squadron and was twice awarded the DFC. He went on to fight over Malta and later served with the USAAF and saw action in north-west Europe. Post war he became a test pilot and later commanded a Meteor fighter reconnaissance squadron in the Middle East, being awarded the AFC. He wrote extensively and was a strong supporter of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and other associations.
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