Tickets are now flying out for the forthcoming “Halifax Heroes” presentation taking place on Saturday 19th March. A number of interesting people have been lined up to explore the role of the Halifax bomber, its crew and bases, particularly here in Yorkshire, but also in other interesting locations.
The Main Speaker is Ken Delve, who is an established author of over 30 titles and formerly Editor in Chief for Key Publishing, overseeing 8 avaition magazine titles, including the well known “Flypast” magazine. Ken had a 20 year service career with the RAF, flying with operational Squadrons on the Canberra and Tornado, as a Navigator, as well as being an instructor. A ‘secondary duty’ saw him, become a Squadron and Station historian, stimulating his interest in aviation history and subsequent career direction. He lectures regularly on RAF history and airpower, so we are delighted that he is joining us for the occasion, from his current base in Bahrain!
Ken will be ably supported by Alan Mawby, Honourary Curator of the RAF Linton on Ouse History & Memorial Room and he will be exploring the introduction of the Halifax into service at the base.
We are also delighted that the Warsaw ’44 Club will also be joining us for a fascinating insight into the role of the Halifax in dropping supplies and ammunition for the Polish Home Army. These missions were undertaken by 148 Squadron and 178 Squadron in a logistically challenging 2000 mile operation from Foggia in Italy, and it is no wonder losses were heavy. We are delighted that 148 Squadron veteran Edward Dunhill will be taking part in this presentation. Edward is familiar with the Museum as he presented the 148 Squadron Association Standard to the Allied Air Forces Memorial in 2009, where it is displayed in the Station Chapel.
Other Halifax veterans are joining us for the occasion, including Bill Foote DFC, 77 Squadron (now President of the Squadron Association) and ‘Bluey’ Mottershead DFC, who flew with 158 Squadron at Lissett, alongside our famous “Friday the 13th”. Hopefully, other veterans will be able to join us for the occasion.
So, don’t delay in booking your tickets, either online or the Museum Shop on 01904 608719. Tickets are just £12, including Signing Voucher for 2 items of memoribilia not purchased at the event. Other items may be signed at additional cost if time allows. The event will commence from 10am, concluding at 4pm.