Battle of Britain Memorial flight


Halton personnel embarked recently on a trip into a bygone era. Ably led by Nik Elliot, the group departed at the crack of sparrows for Lincolnshire to immerse themselves in the history of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).

This Force Development trip was for service and civilian personnel with a number of lodger unit members adding to the flavour.

The BBMF was formed in 1957 and has since completed tens of thousands of fly pasts and thousands of displays. They are very much a “living and breathing tribute” to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The group was able to spend time finding out more about the aircraft and the people flying them over 70 years ago.

After the visit to the BBMF, tribute was made at the Dambusters memorial in Woodhall Spa. Lunch was then taken in the convivial surroundings of the Petwood Hotel, the former 617 Sqn Officers’ Mess which is still steeped in history of the epic raid and provides a great backdrop against which to discuss the events that unfolded over Germany.

To delve into the operation further, the group then visited the museum at the former RAF East Kirkby and met ‘Just Jane’ another Lancaster aircraft that the the aim is to make airworthy once more. The group was also able to relate those historical lessons to the RAF commitment today and contrast the poignancy of the BBMF with the role of RAF Coningsby Typhoon Squadrons. If you are interested in attending any future Force Development activities call Nik Elliot on 6946.

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