Lympne Airfield History Society

Our meeting on November 7th was our best attended ever as we welcomed former Halifax and Lancaster pilot Henry Shackleton to tell his story of flying heavy bombers in WW2, being shot down over Berlin and incarceration in Stalag Luft 111 at the time of the famous Great Escape. Henry’s presentation was delivered with humility, humour and high drama to a very appreciative audience of over 70 people.
On January 2nd David Goldsmith will make a presentation on Silver City Airways.
The talk will focus on Silver City at Lympne from 1948 -54. Yet another example of Lympne’s pioneering position in the history of British civil aviation. The Cross- Channel car ferry was a world first. Initially two cars were loaded onto Bristol 170 Freighter aircraft. Later motor cycles, pedal cycles, horses and passengers were carried. From 1953 three cars were carried in the long nose Freighters, which will be described in detail A year by year review of operations, traffic, fares, profit and loss etc., will be covered. The talk will conclude with a summary of the airlines subsequent famous life at the specially built Ferryfield Airport at Lydd until the last Freighter flight to Le Touquet in October 1970.
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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