At 16.25hrs, on 15th December, 1943, Spitfire IX, BS288, caught fire over East Grinstead, forcing the pilot, Flight Sergeant E. L. Hampson (138274), to abandon the aircraft and take to his parachute. The Spitfire plummeted into the ground at Forest Row.
Squadron Leader MacDonell's memories of a poignant moment for the prisoners of Stalag Luft III.
“Dick” Gazzard was born Richard George Gazzard to Norman Clarence and Veida Gazzard, of Strathfield, New South Wales, on 17 August 1920.
Gerald Barrington Haydon was born in the Southport district of Queensland, on 24 December, 1921, known as Barry to his parents, Harry and Gertrude Haydon.
Christopher Geoffrey Blomfield "Barry" Chapman, son of Christopher Charles and Catherina Chapman, hailed from Uralla in New South Wales and was born on 23 January 1913.
On 8th December, 1940, Sgt. Bronislaw Malinowski, crashed in Hurricane Mk.I, (R4101, SD-I), at Wye, near Ashford, through illness - he had fainted, but was only slightly injured in the crash.
Long demolished, Flintfield House was a large Victorian/Edwardian Villa first acquired by the RAF in 1917, under the Defence of the Realm Act.
Unbelievably, during the Summer of 1940, the nerve centre of RAF Kenley’s Command and Control was located in an ordinary ...
On 11th December, 1919, an Airco DH.4A, owned and operated by 'Air Transport and Travel Ltd.' crashed in an open field near the Guards' Depot at Caterham.
Hugh Edward McGraw was born 5th January, 1920, at Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada.
Richard Byrne Honeycombe was born 5th February, 1922, in Toronto, Ontario.
A selection of photographs taken in the 1970s and 1980s by Steve Rickards.