Our autumn 2018 talks finished in fine style on Sunday (Oct 28) with a fascinating presentation by Alex Ferris (pictured below in a photograph by Trustee Barry Duffield), Chairman of the Smarden Local History Society.
Alex entertained the audience with a talk on a number of aircraft crashes in and near Smarden and revealed some fascinating facts about gold being transported to the Bank of England between the wars and a captured Luftwaffe pilot who went on to become a graphic artist in Hollywood and worked with Werner von Braun on the film of the story of his life. He also told of a Canadian pilot who was part of the Molsen family, well known for their brewing prowess, who was shot down and who later went on to become a Canadian politician of note.
Trustee Andy Simpson is already working on another series of talks in the early spring, with presentations by Paul Tweddle, who will talk about Bomber Command (10 Feb), and Melody Foreman, author of A Spitfire Girl, the biography of ATA First Officer Mary Wilkins Ellis, already lined up (17 Feb).
As always, Hurricane members of Friends of the Few are entitled to free admission, Spitfire members pay just £5 and members of the public pay £10. Spaces will be limited, so keep an eye on the website and book early.