LYMPNE AIRFIELD HISTORY SOCIETY
Our July meeting featured a presentation by local historical aviation author Tony Moor on 41 Squadron at Lympne in WW2. Their tenure at Lympne saw them bring the MK XII Spitfire and the later Griffon engined MK XIV to counter the V1 Flying Bomb menace. They had considerable success in shooting down or tipping the bomb's wing to upset their gyros to bring them down. Once the V1 campaign started to wain, the squadron would go on to escort Allied bomber missions over Europe, and take part in Operation Big Ben, to bomb V2 sites and Market Garden (A Bridge Too Far). The later Spitfires had to run up to full throttle with the brakes on before racing off the Lympne grass runway, such was the weight and size of these aircraft compared to the earlier marques.
The squadron, with their mascot dog Perkins enjoyed their stay at Lympne making many friends with the locals. The French House and Lympne Place were home to this squadron at the time. We were shown several photographs of local children playing with the pilots. Who these children were we do not know. Most of the images we saw were provided by Terry Spencer, one of the pilots, from his personal archive. He would go on to be a highly acclaimed commercial photographer after the war working with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Freddie Mercury and several other household names. He died in July 2012.
Our September 13th meeting will feature the postponed presentation of record breaking flights of the 1920's and 30's, presented by David Goldsmith. Famous names like Amy Johnson, Jim Mollison, Jean Batten and Jimmy Broadbent being just a few of the many personalities who illuminated this golden age.
The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the East Bar of Lympne Castle. There is no charge, so feel free to join in the celebration of our very own aviation history. Thanks to our hosts, Rod and Richard at the castle.
For more information contact: John Simpson on 01303 265078, email firstname.lastname@example.org