In the early part of WWII when the war was raging over Europe, and when England stood alone against the Nazi War Machine, Australians flocked to recruiting stations to join the three services. Britain needed airmen, and I had two cousins I never got to know who joined the RAAF. They trained under the Empire Training Scheme, both became pilots and eventually joined their Bomber Command Squadrons in England and went to fight the enemy, neither survived the war, both being lost in the air war over Europe.
It is for this reason that this July (2013) between Monday 8th and Wednesday 24th I will lead a tour to the UK in dedication to those who fought in the Battle of Britain and flew with the RAAF and RNZAF Squadrons over Europe to take the war to Nazi Germany.
It’s an opportunity for ex RAAF & RNZAF service personnel to trace their service’s history and for families to retrace their relatives’ war service.
The tour will visit the major Air Force memorials, museums , ex RAF bases from where our men flew, “The Flying Legends” Air Show week end at ex RAF Duxford, (now the Imperial War Museum Duxford) where the largest “War Bird” collection of flying military aircraft come together for a display of historic aircraft; a visit to “The Shuttleworth Collection” – a collection of early 20th century aircraft put together by a very well to do young man Richard Shuttleworth who was killed in a flying accident whilst training in 1940 to be a RAF Fighter pilot; the Group 11 Fighter Control bunker at ex RAF Uxbridge, and many other wonderful historic RAF bases and aircraft museums such as the RAF Museum – Hendon, ex RAF Elvington now the Yorkshire Air Museum, Ex RAF East Kirby now the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and home to the Avro Lancaster “Just Jane”, as well as the opportunity to go for a “taxi ride” in her around the old airfield, then RAF Cosford (with its many static displays of war-time and current aircraft of the RAF) plus many more historic sites. If you’d like to join the tour contact Dennis via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org for the daily itinerary and cost.
Cheers “OSD Weathers” (Dennis)