Lympne Airfield History Society

Our March meeting saw us work our way through over a hundred images of notable personalities connected with Lympne Airfield over its seventy year history. We knew beforehand that several of our regulars were unable to make it, but a good number turned out on an inclement night nonetheless. We saw aviators, aircraft designers, leading politicians, royalty, film stars, pop stars, sportsmen, artists, poets, entertainers and more. We learned that Max Bygraves was an airman in the RAF in WW2, David Frost was a regular flyer with Skyways before he flew regularly on Concorde and that many of Philip Sassoon’s famous guests were flown into Lympne often, including Charlie Chaplin and the Churchill family. It was only after I went home, I realized we had missed three images on the night. One of these was Amy Johnson!
The next meeting on May 10th will feature a presentation on aviator Bill Lancaster who perished in the Sahara Desert in 1933 after flying from Lympne. This was one year after being acquitted of Murder in Miami. It is an incredible story, and features a love triangle with his fellow aviation partner Chubbie Miller. Lancaster survived a week in the desert until his water ran out. He kept a diary, but it and his body were not found until 1962. That moving diary was presented to Chubbie at the time. We have a copy of the County Members visitors book, showing the entries of Bill and his mother and father, as guests the night before that fateful flight.
The meeting starts at 7.30pm in the East Bar of Lympne Castle on Tuesday May 10th. There is no charge. Thanks to Richard and Rod at the castle.
For more information contact; John Simpson on 01303 265078, email: Web: www.lympne

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