BOMBER COMMAND SIGNING EVENT - 24th February
We’re delighted to be joined at the Wendover Gallery by veterans who served with RAF Bomber Command.
Our special guests include:
Warrant Officer RON MATHER - joining the RAF in 1943 he initially trained at RTV/Radio school in Yatesbury before completing full training as a Wireless Operator / Air Gunner. He joined 49 Sqn equipped with Lancasters and completed 32 Ops’ including raids to Dresden.
Wing Commander JOHN BELL MBE DFC Ld’H - after training as an Observer, he flew his first tour as a Bomb-Aimer with 619 Sqn. He volunteered for a second tour with 617 Sqn, completing 50 Ops’ of which 28 were flown on special missions.
Flight Sergeant LEN MANNING Ld’H - he served as a Rear Gunner on Lancasters with 57 Sqn at East Kirkby. On his 3rd mission on the night of 18/19th July 1944 his aircraft was shot down and after baling out he was hidden by French civilians before returning to Britain.
Air Commodore CHARLES CLARKE OBE - a Bomb Aimer with 619 Sqn flying Lancasters, he was on his 18th mission on 24th February 1944 to Schweinfurt when his aircraft was attacked and shot down by a German night-fighter. After capture he was sent to Stalag Luft III.
...and post-WWII jet pilots:
Squadron Leader DICK HAVEN - joining the RAF in 1951 he was a Pilot on Canberras, Valiants and Vulcan B.2s serving with a total of eight squadrons including time as Chief Flying Instructor with 9 & 35 Sqns. He received the 207 Sqn Standard from Queen Elizabeth when she reviewed Bomber Command in 1956 and also flew on the Suez operation from Malta.
Air Vice-Marshal GEORGE BLACK CB OBE AFC* - after tours flying Meteors, Vampires and Hunters, George was seconded to the FAA where he flew Seahawks at Suez. In 1961 he transferred to 74 Sqn, the first Lightning Squadron, before commanding 111 and 5 Sqns. He won the NATO Air Defence Trophy, before commanding the Harrier Force at Wildenrath.
N.B. George will only be signing from 12 noon.
Entry to the event is completely free but for safety reasons by ticket only, so to keep the event comfortable for veterans and enthusiasts we ask that you please RESERVE YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE.
Our guests are happy to sign autographs for collectors and items purchased at the event over £40 can be signed free of charge. Bookings are now being taken so please contact us to secure your place.