posted on Aug, 26 2014 @ 03:16 PM
a reply to: ThePeaceMaker
I was hosting a family occasion at The Petwood Hotel
in Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire this Sunday
Past... it was the Officer's Mess for 617 Dambuster's Squadron and naturally is full of memorabilia. I was looking at some of the paintings of Lancs
(many signed by the Pilots, as well as actors such as Richard Todd) and chatting with my father about the fly past that was due to go right over us
later that afternoon when a nearby lady said "it's my husband that's flying them, he's spent the last 26 years working to make it happen."
She was Don Schofield's wife, the 73 year old pilot of one of the Lancs, and gradually more of the ground crew and so forth turned up. It's a really
big deal amongst the folk in Lincolnshire due to the airbases that were, and still are there. The people behind this project were rightly feted by
all the fellow guests and they were quite taken aback by how enthusiastic and grateful all the locals were for their great achievement in getting
these planes flying and allowing so many to see them flying.
We'd been told to expect the fly-over at about 3-15 and put off speeches and afternoon tea (pip-pip!) to allow us all to see it and we waited
expectantly to hear the drone that would signal their arrival, but nowt happened - eventually we had to get on with things. Obviously a few minutes
later (they were about an hour later than expected) we heard them approach and we all steamed outside just to catch the tails disappearing over the
Awesome to see what little we did though, and it was great to let the crews know just how much we thought of what they had done.
edit on 26-8-2014 by skalla because: typo