Jonny Cracknell details some of the exploits of Battle of Britain veteran Archie McInnes – a humble and inspirational man who faced terror, trauma and daunting odds – and in return gained the respect of a nation

Archie poses with a 595 Squadron Spitfire Mk.Vb at RAF Aberporth, between anti-aircraft cooperation sorties over North Wales in 1944.

Not that long ago, the name of Flt Lt Archibald ‘Archie’ McInnes would not have been readily associated with the Battle of Britain. He was destined to be another of the forgotten ‘Few’ – just one of the near 3,000 audacious aircrew defending Britain’s skies from the German Luftwaffe during the summer of 1940. Without the help of others his inspirational story might have been lost in time.

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