Pup moves from Stow Maries to Southend

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Sop­with Pup replica BAPC179, which is painted in RFC colours and mark­ings to rep­re­sent an air­craft from No 37 Squadron ‘B’ flight that was based at Stow Maries dur­ing WWI, has now had its se­rial slightly mod­i­fied with an in­verted comma (’) in­serted be­tween the let­ter A and the num­bers 653. While this does look un­usual, it is based on his­toric pho­to­graphs of the time and is a sim­i­lar style to the air­craft on loan from New Zealand. It rep­re­sents the Pup flown by Cap­tain Claude Ri­d­ley DSO MC who was the first OC of ‘B’ Flight 37 Squadron that was based at Stow Maries. He later be­came Flight Com­man­der of No 61 Sqn at Rochford which is now Southend Air­port. Pup A’653 also moved, in 1917, from Stow Maries to Rochford. Sim­i­larly the replica Pup moved lo­ca­tion, mak­ing its de­but at a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion at The Fo­rum Gallery in Southend Li­brary on 15 Fe­bru­ary 2016. Re­port & photo Si­mon Mur­doch

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