Exciting start to talks series

A fascinating talk on The Other Battle of Britain by author and historian Paul Tweddle was enjoyed by visitors to The Wing on Sunday.

Paul kicked off this season’s series of talks and events with an interesting account of Bomber Command’s contribution to the victory won by the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain and signed copies of his books for visitors afterwards.

The next talk in the series takes place this coming Sunday (17 February), when Melody Foreman will tell the fascinating story of Air Transport Auxiliary First Officer Mary Wilkins Ellis in a talk entitled The Life And Times Of A Spitfire Girl.

Melody’s talk will be based on her autobiography of Mary Ellis, a farmer’s daughter from Oxfordshire who joined the ATA in 1941 and went on to fly 400 Spitfires and 76 different types of military aircraft, including Wellington Bombers and Mosquitoes, before the war came to an end.

The well-stocked shop at The Wing also has copies of Melody’s book for sale and these will be available. The Scramble Experience and the Cockpit Cafe will be open during the day, but visitors looking to maker the most of their trip are advised to come early, as The Wing closes shortly after the talk finishes.

The third talk in the spring series is scheduled for Sunday 24 March, when Judy Williams, a daughter of Wing Commander Ronald Kellett, will talk on his time as Squadron Commander of 303 (Polish) Squadron and other posting durings World War II.

All the talks take place at 2.30pm and booking is recommended as there is limited capacity. Tickets are FREE for Hurricane members of Friends of the Few and just £5 for Spitfire members, while non-members pay £10. Tickets can be booked by ringing 01303 249292 or emailing enquiries@battleofbritainmemorial.org

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