On 21st April 1955 a special event took place in Hong Kong. It was the annual parade to celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As usual the parade included a flypast carried out by the Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force. The flypast consisted of four Spitfires, four Harvards, and six Austers.
But this was to be an extra special occasion as it would be the last time a military operational flight would take place involving the legendary Spitfire.
The salute was taken by the Governor, Sir Alexander Grantham.
To capture the event a 16mm film was made of the parade and flypast by Flying Officer Labrum, who served at that time in the Film Unit of the HKAAF.
The film was named The Last of the Few.
Sadly Dick died in 1991 at the tender age of 67. In 2011 his son, Martin, presented the film to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, believing the conditions there were better for preserving it than the humid conditions of Hong Kong.
Editor : It is interesting to note that not only was the HKAAF the last Unit to fly the Spitfire in a military operational flight but also was the last British Unit/Squadron to fly Harvards.
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