Check out the KG651 - Her life at Metheringham page for a big update on our display project. Well done to all involved.
The story behind the propeller blade in our Memorial Garden has just come to light. This blade was recovered from the crash site of Lancaster PD259 (JO-G) 467 Squadron RAAF, which crashed near Kingussie, Scotland on the 31st August 1944 having taken off from its home base of RAF Waddington on a night training flight. Sadly, all members of her crew were killed in the incident. 6 bodies were recovered and an open parachute near the crash, belonging to the Navigator, who was never traced. The reason for the accident is open to debate. One such theory is the aircraft had suffered more damage than thought having been hit by flak the previous evening whilst on a bombing mission to Russia. Weather and an inexperienced crew are other theories. 467 Sqn was to move to Metheringham in June 1945 prior to disbanding after VJ day.
The RAF Waddington Heritage Centre also has a propeller from this crash.
An update from Kate, our Exhibition Organiser.
‘Inspired By’ Art Exhibition
After two unsuccessful attempts due to the pandemic we were finally able to host our first Art Exhibition in the Peter Scoley Hall. The title of the exhibition was ‘Inspired By’ and it was interesting to see what had inspired our exhibitors at the museum and RAF Metheringham.
The exhibition was on from the 30th April until the 15th May and was very well received. Five out of the seventeen exhibitors were MAVC volunteers. We’re a bunch with hidden talents!
Our exhibitors were:
Beryl Taylor - ceramic and painting; Roger Brindley - painting; Nick Taylor - photography; Janet Guest-Musson - Mixed Media; Kate Sell - glass mosaic; Roz du Feu - textiles; Lynn Baker - kiln formed glass; Samantha Neale - painting; Dave Leggett - painting; Ron Andrews - painting; Debbie Davidge - painting; Marjory Grierson - painting; Neil Gardner - pencil drawing; Katie Hounsome - digital illustration; Margaret Smith - painting; Brenda Wilkinson - painting and Mark Hodson - recycled metal sculpture.
A percentage from sales was kindly donated by the exhibitors to the Dakota fund and has been gratefully received by Ian Brett, the Chief Engineer who says there are some ‘arty’ projects they have in mind for the hangar.
Our Treasurer Janet said that there was an increase in visitor admissions, donations, memberships, sales through the shop and coffee stall during the time the exhibition was on. Also our Research Team gained more information from new visitors with their family history.
Call for a Volunteer - Are you handy and like gardening? Can you spare a few hours a week to keep our memorial garden in 'tiptop' condition for our visitors? Then complete our online application form and join our team https://www.metheringhamairfield.co.uk/volunteering1.html
Working as a Volunteer here is so rewarding when you get to meet people like Simon Askew. Simon is the gent who made and flew the 1/4 scale Lancaster seen in the photo. More about its creation in a later article.
Excellent day in the sunshine with around 300 cyclists passing through on the charity ride. Great guys and gals and all very friendly. More photos on the gallery page but this one of the first rider to arrive in the 100 mile option being met by his wife. He was streets ahead of the rest and didn't stop long!!
Today our Visitor Centre volunteers enjoyed a wonderful outing to the excellent on -base, RAF Cranwell Heritage, Ethos & Centre.
We discovered amazing information and imagery, learning how this historic and iconic airfield has grown and changed from its very beginnings as an airbase, through two world wars and on to modern day practices.
A big thank you to our friendly and knowledgeable guide Ray Holloway who even taught us ‘aviation geeks’ things we didn’t know!
A fabulous morning had by all!.
A new sculpture of a Spitfire was erected on Saturday 7th May. Created by Andy Knighton. Spitfires along with Martinets and Hurricanes under the command of Les Munro (Dams fame) flew from Metheringham as 1690 Bomber Defence Training Flight. Their job was to teach Lancaster Pilots how to best evade fighters.