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Flying legends call to veterans
2:20pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
VETERANS of Defford airfield are being called on to return for a forthcoming event that will see fly-overs from a Lancaster bomber and the Red Arrows.
The gathering of veterans will take place as part of this year’s Defford Airfield Heritage Weekend to be held at the National Trust property, Croome Park, near Pershore, on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15.
On display will be the preserved nose section and forward fuselage of a Canberra jet bomber, serial number WK128, which represents one of the very few surviving aircraft that actually flew at Defford airfield before it closed in 1957.
The Defford Airfield Heritage Group, which is organising the reunion for the veterans, is hoping to get a photo of the group in front of the historic aircraft.
Bob Shaw, honorary secretary of the group, said: “We know there are some veterans who worked and served there still in the area.
“We want to contact as many of the veterans as we can to get them along to Croome Park.
“We want to picture them in front of the plane that was once theirs. I would like to think there are a few around because local people have told us their parents worked or flew from the airfield. It would be lovely to meet them and for them to reunite with each other.”
On Saturday, the event will open at 10am, and the Lancaster RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will take place around 11.45am. Later in the day there will also be a flypast by the Red Arrows.
The free event will also be open from 10am on Sunday.
For more information visit deffordairfieldheritagegroup.
com/weekend or call 01905 370907.
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