Stow Maries cel­e­bra­tions

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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

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