Dates for your diary

We’re planning another super series of Sunday afternoon talks to brighten up a number of otherwise dull February and March Sunday afternoons.

Over the past couple of years we have earned a great reputation for inviting top quality guest speakers to the Geoffrey Page Centre, part of our dramatic, Spitfire-wing shaped visitor centre, every spring and autumn.

The next batch of talks begins on Sunday 10 February, when teacher, historian and author Paul Tweddle will talk on The Other Battle of Britain.

Trustee Andy Simpson, who organises the talks, explained: “While the heroic exploits of ‘the Few’ of Fighter Command are rightly lauded, those of ‘the Many’ in Bomber Command often remain overlooked.

“Night after night, the bomber crews ranged across Europe seeking out and attacking targets in an all-out campaign to undermine the German war effort against Britain and prevent invasion. This presentation will outline the development of this strategy, its success and failures and the role played by ‘the Many’ in the defence of Great Britain in the summer of 1940.”

The following week, 17 February, 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 third talk in the spring series takes place on Sunday 24 March, when Judy Williams, a daughter of Wing Commander Ronald Kellet, will talk on his time as Squadron Commander of 303 (Polish) Squadron and other posting during 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. There’s more useful information here. Tickets can be booked by ringing 01303 249292 or emailing enquiries@battleofbritainmemorial.org

The other attractions at the fascinating Memorial site will also be available, including The Scramble Experience, and refreshments will be available from The Cockpit Café.

 

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