Rear gun­ner’s out­fit flies again on stage

WW2 uni­form sees light once more in group’s play

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

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

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