Splendid picture from the unveiling of the memorial in Sussex for Dambuster John Pulford and the rest of his 617 Squadron crew, killed on their return from an operation in February 1944. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster made three circuits of the church. Thanks to Dione Venables for sending the picture. Picture used by permission, © Jamie Hunter.
A very poignant and symbolic picture. I constantly reflect on the bravery of the aircrews who sacrificed so much for the people of these islands. I should include all of our fighting services and civilians too, it’s just that the reminder of those days is recalled with the unmistakeable sound of those beautiful Merlin aircraft engines. We, today, owe these people so much.
Hello, I am currently writing a book about my life and its various connections with aviation. I drive through Upwaltham most days and live nearby at Petworth. I have visited the charming little church at Upwaltham and met with both Sue Kearsey and Dione Venables.
My book will have a final chapter concerning all four of the military crashes which happened at Upwaltham, ( 1932 A.Whitworth biplane, 1944 Lancaster, 1945 Dakota, 1952 Firebrand) with permission for this having been obtained from both Dione and Sue.I would be extremely grateful for any further information concerning any of the crashes and in particular to hear from anyone either associated with, or actually in attendance on the occasion of, the memorial flypast by the BBMF Lancaster.
My name is Rod McMillan and I can be contacted directly at either –
or, c/o 21, Pound Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0DX