‘Friends of Metheringham Airfield made a run for it…along the Norfolk Coast!’
Earlier this summer, during the first week of June, our two ‘friends of RAF Metheringham’ laced up their running shoes in an awesome, ground covering fundraising event!
Running a marathon distance of 26.2 miles along the coastal path from Blakeney to Holkhan Hall and back, Wendy and Ray had decided upon RAF Metheringham as their chosen charity after visiting the centre numerous times over the years.
On behalf of RAF Metheringham & the Trustees and Committee The Friends of Metheringham Airfield would like to thank Ray & Wendy for their most generous gesture & fund raising achievement which culminated in over £400.
The Friends of Metheringham Airfield are pleased to see that over two years of hard slog, mainly bureaucratic, have been awarded by the granting of Full Museum Accreditation standard to the Visitors Centre. This prestigious award will open up further opportunities to improve the visitor experience to the centre and enable other artefacts we have in store to be exhibited in a more interactive environment.
“Following a review of the Accredited status of your museum which was considered by an Accreditation panel appointed by Arts Council England on 21 June 2017, I am pleased to inform you that the panel agreed to award the status of:
It was noted at the panel meeting that the museum has produced a very strong application, with support from Museum Development East Midlands and the museum’s mentor, Polly Wilkinson. The staff at the museum have demonstrated an excellent commitment and dedication towards Accreditation and development of the museum service. Congratulations on this achievement!”
Remembrance Service for the Crew of the ‘Salford Lancaster’
73rd ANNIVERSARY SERVICE FOR CRASHED LANCASTER BOMBER CREW.
The seven man crew of Lancaster bomber PB 304 were killed when their aircraft crashed landed and exploded in Salford during World War Two.
In honour of these brave men, the Friends of Salford Cemeteries Trust would like to invite members of the public to the 73rd anniversary Remembrance Service for the seven man crew and two civilians. The brief service is to be held at 11 am on SUNDAY 30th JULY at AGECROFT CEMETERY, Langley Road, Swinton, Salford.
The bomber had been supporting the Allied, D-Day invasion of Europe, when it got into difficulties and was ordered back to its base in Lincolnshire. But because of the number of Allied ships in the Channel it could not ditch its bombs and had to fly in a wide arc via Blackpool. However, as it flew over Salford it lost height and crashed on the Irwell riverbank, close by Agecroft Cemetery and exploded.
The Pilot was Flight Lieutenant Peter Lines from Purley in Surrey and although early into his tour of operations he was considered an exceptionally good pilot. The Wireless Operator was Sergeant Arthur Young from Cardiff. He was of Afro-Caribbean descent and was one of the few black airman at that time. The rear Gunner was Sergeant Mohan Singh from the Punjab. He was completing his 22nd operation and in civilian life was a medical student.
The Flight Engineer was Sergeant Raymond Barnes of Pendlebury. It is probably he who advised the pilot about Littleton Road playing fields that the bomber was aiming for. The Mid-upper Gunner was Sergeant John Davenport from Market Drayton in Shropshire. He had been an RAF Cook and applied for bomber crew duties, qualifying as a gunner. The Bomb Aimer was Flying Officer John Steele from Bradford and the Navigator was Flying Officer Harry Reid from Toronto, Canada.
Principal speaker at the event will be Mr Joe Bamford, author of the book “The Salford Lancaster” and whose grandmother was one of the two civilian casualties. Ceremonial Mayor Cllr Peter Connor will give a short address and the Reverend Daniel Burton of St Thomas’s Church, Pendleton will conduct the service.
Congratulations to A /Insp Ed Delderfield who successfully passed his flight test today and is the 1st Lincs officer to achieve PfCO qualification.
106 Squadron Reunion
11th & 12th July is confirmed for the 106 Sqn Reunion. The format will be slightly different this year due to decreasing numbers. There will be no Church Service on the Thursday but a Minutes Silence will be held on Tuesday 11th at the RAF Metheringham Visitor Centre.
Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre – Closed for a Day
The Visitor Centre will be closed on Sunday 18th June 2017.
We are hosting a private function for our Volunteers on Sunday 18th June 2017 & regret therefore that RAF Metheringham will be closed on that day.
Saturday 17th June the Visitor Centre will be open as usual.
RAF Metheringham Archives.
The archives at RAF Metheringham are currently being collated and digitised, a somewhat time consuming task. Please note that unfortunately this means they must be closed for public access whilst this important work proceeds. Once complete, however, it is hoped that they will then be more accessible and anyone will be able to access the archives digitally for research purposes. We hope you will understand and be patient whilst this important work continues and let the archivists achieve their goal without interruption.
The good news is the elusive Mr Fox has been found and is now back on duty at RAF Metheringham.!
Thank you all for your help in the search, it was much appreciated by the FOMA Trustees and we have achieved the goal! He will now proudly go on display in the Navigators position in the Carey Powell Room so can obviously never get lost again!
Thanks again for your concern and help in his retrieval.
Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre is proud and excited to announce that ‘Knight of Skies’ which will form part of the Knights Trail in Lincoln this summer will be visiting on Saturday 22nd April from 2pm.
‘Veterans in the Community’ is a befriending service offered by the Royal Voluntary Service. It is free and designed for veterans, their widows/widowers and partners.
Sleaford now has a ‘Camaraderie Club’ which is for older veterans and all volunteers are either serving military or ex-military.
To join, make use of the service, volunteer or for more information please click on the poster(s) below.
FOMA are proud to announce the arrival of Dakota KG651
On Monday 16th November Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre became the custodians of Dakota KG651. The aircraft had been based at North Weald and looked after by The RAF Transport Command Team.
To read more about our latest acquisition please see our Exhibits page