Lympne Airfield History Society

 

On a very wet night on September 5th, Tony Moor presented the story of Florence Mary Morris-Davies, a very successful lady pilot of the CPFC. Born in London, the daughter of the 3rd Baronet of Rochester, Mary as she was better known, took up flying here at Lympne after the death of her husband in January 1934. Inspired by the likes of Amy Johnson and Jean Batten, Mary learned to fly with the CPFC. During this time, she rented a flat at Marine Parade in Hythe rather than travel from her home in Guestling, Sussex. Joining the CPFC in 1935, Mary went solo in a De Havilland DH60 Moth, and was soon to buy a B.A.Swallow of her own. Mary’s main instructor had been Leslie Cliff, who together with his wife was a well known figure skater who won Olympic medals in Germany in 1936. For her part Mary was an award winner herself, together with Jane Donald flying to Budapest in 1937 in the Swallow recording the best time in competition with others. It was sometime after this she was to meet Amy Johnson at a dinner. Today memorabilia of Mary’s flying exploits are on show at Brenzett Aeronautical Museum. She died on 3rd July 1989 aged 98.

Tony went on to show us several never before seen photographs from a private collection, featuring Lympne Airfield from WW1 to the late 1940’s.

November 7th’s meeting features a talk by WW2 Lancaster pilot Henry Shackleton from Elham. All meetings start at 7.30pm sharp.

Please feel free to enjoy our continuing celebration of our Airfield in the wonderful surroundings of Lympne Castle’s East Bar. There is no charge. Thanks to our generous hosts Richard and Rod at the castle.

For more information please contact: John Simpson 01303 265078 Email: johnsimpson43@btinternet.com Web: www.lympneairfield.com

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