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Reunion time for veterans at airfield
11:20am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
THIS weekend, veterans of Defford Airfield will reunite with each other and a Canberra aircraft after more than 50 years.
The reunion will take place during this year’s Defford Airfield Heritage Weekend to be held at the National Trust property, Croome Park, near Pershore, this weekend – thanks in part to the Evesham Journal.
Bob Shaw, honorary secretary of the Defford Airfield Heritage Group, said they were looking forward to seeing the veterans alongside the plane they flew or worked on.
“We have had at least half a dozen responses from local people who worked on, flew in or were involved with Canberra WK128 at Defford airfield, thanks to the Journal,”
“We have invited them, together with some veterans we know about, to be reunited with their Canberra.”
The event will open at 10am with a formation fly over by the Red Arrows and there will be a fly over by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster at 11.45am.
As part of the first formation flypast, one of the Red Arrows pilots in the formation will be Flight Lieutenant Ben Plank, a former Kings School, Worcester, pupil.
He joined the Royal Air Force in 2000 and was selected for fast jet pilot training.
Since then he has qualified as an instructor on Hawk jets and served operationally in Afghanistan flying Harrier jump jets.
His former physics teacher, Tim Hickson, is one of the organisers of the Defford Airfield Heritage Weekend at Croome and so the event will see more than one reunion.
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