LYMPNE AIRFIELD HISTORY SOCIETY
Our next meeting takes place at Lympne Castle on May 10th. The story of aviator Bill Lancaster is our subject under the spotlight. No stranger to Lympne, Bill Lancaster had been one of those pilots ferrying RFC aeroplanes over to the Western Front in WW1 and had made other visits to Lympne. In 1933 Bill made his last flight from here bound for Cape Town. He didn't make it and it would be 29 years later before anyone found out why. Bill was involved in a sensational trial in 1932, charged with murder in a Miami courthouse. He had gone to the USA with his lover and fellow aviator Chubbie Miller and fallen on hard times. A rival for the love of Chubbie appeared on the scene, only to be found dead with a gun shot wound to the head some time later. The death of Haden Clarke looked clear cut, but in this remarkable case Bill was acquitted and returned to a flying record attempt, and returned to Lympne.
It is a moving story that unfolds as his innermost thoughts, fears and love for Chubbie are documented in a diary found in 1962, a diary that is passed to her to read and keep.
The subject of a television mini series, two books, a documentary with another book and film to come, this is one of the most interesting and moving stories connected with our airfield, and there are many of those in the life of Lympne Airfield!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://www.lympneairfield.com/