Lympne Airfield History Society

Henry Shackleton

Our next meeting on November 7th welcomes former Halifax and Lancaster pilot Henry Shackleton who will present his fascinating talk entitled Henry’s War. His early Air Force career was taken up with learning to fly and instructing others to fly in Canada. Henry returned to England and went on ‘ops’ over Axis territory. He went on to join a Pathfinder squadron. Finally shot down over Berlin, one of two survivors, Henry wound up in Stalag Luft 111 as The Great Escape  was about to happen. Henry played his part in helping the break out, with the preparations for those escaping, depositing soil from his trouser legs.

I recently went to meet Henry at his Elham home to hear about his talk, and was so impressed with this very interesting and good humoured character. Henry is a fit as man thirty years younger. For those attending on the night you are in for a treat.

In January David Goldsmith will make a presentation on Silver City Airways. 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

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