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Late Spitfire pilot helps save Battle of Britain control tower

As a Battle of Britain nut, this is good news.

(Of course, the pedant in me must insist this isn’t a “control tower”. Such creatures didn’t exist in the RAF at the time, so this building is more correctly described as a Type 518/40 ‘Watch Office with Meteorological Section’. Happily, the linked story does mention this eventually. My inner pedant would also like to point out the building may not actually have existed in 1940, but was extant at the time the film was made in 1942.)

A unique wartime control tower where classic film The First of the Few was filmed has been saved from ruin thanks to the legacy of a Spitfire pilot.

More than 70 years after the movie starring David Niven and Leslie Howard was recorded at RAF Ibsley the dilapidated concrete building is to be restored to its former glory after wartime pilot Des Smith left thousands dedicated to the cause in his will.

via Late Spitfire pilot helps save Battle of Britain control tower where wartime classic The First of The Few was filmed by leaving thousands of pounds in his will. | Forces-War-Records.