Rear gunner’s outfit flies again on stage
WW2 uniform sees light once more in group’s play
A SECOND World War rear gunner’s uniform is being used in a play after his family lent it to a theatre group.
When Beaconsfield Theatre Group decided they would perform Terrence Rattigan’s Flare Path, members knew they wanted it to be authentic.
So when a friend of director Andrew Rogers offered his late father’s uniform from the Second World War they seized the chance.
The play was written during the war by Rattigan, who was a rear gunner on a bomber.
Mr Rogers met his friend at university whose grandfather Reginald Neale had also been a rear gunner.
He had been in a crash in Iceland in coastal command and was the sole survivor.
“He gave us some of the uniform. It’s authentic. We have to look for badges and a few other bits too,” Mr Rogers said.
STARRING ROLE: Tom Hurst wearing the borrowed uniform (left), Richard Roach, Louise Mappley, Sue Dorman and Steve Mappley