Stow Maries celebrations
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Maldon, Essex is kicking off its celebrations of 100 years of the Royal Air Force by hosting a special one-day conference on Saturday 31 March 2018. Hosted by Air Commodore (Retd) Barry Dickens, the Curatorial Trustee for the aerodrome, the day will include talks by Peter Hart, an Oral Historian of the Imperial War Museum since 1981, entitled ‘The RFC and the Battle of the Somme’ and Graham Pitchfork, Air Commodore (Retd) on ‘The Evolution of the Royal Air Force’.
Delegates will be served a buffet lunch in the Airmen’s Mess, given a guided tour of the aerodrome, its museums and hangars, and a Tiptree Afternoon Tea courtesy of Wilkin & Sons. Ticket cost is £40 on a first come first served basis. To book your place please email [email protected] stowmaries.org.uk The aerodrome originally opened in 1916 and was home to B Flight of No 37(HD) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. The site saw the birth of the Air Defence of Great Britain in response to the first raids by Zeppelins and Gotha bombers on London and the South-east. Stow Maries operated until Spring 1919, when it closed and the site reverted to farmland. One hundred years on, the aerodrome boasts Europe’s largest known surviving group of Royal Flying Corps buildings on a WWI site, and a growing collection of objects directly related to the aerodrome and its activities.
On Sunday 1 April, the aerodrome will host a public day with a parade and an honorary handing over ceremony, lowering the RFC ensign and raising the RAF ensign by two high ranking serving officers of the relevant arms. More information www.stowmaries.org.uk