Fonfa the friends of the new forest airfields charity 1063648 patron the malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis lady montagu of beaulieu

On sunday 2 nd june, four days short of the 75 th anniversary of D-day in june 1944, the brand new temporary signs that we use only on malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis open days, to help show visitors where our heritage centre museum is malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis located, were vandalised, first by the destruction of the ‘airfields museum’ sign between 0845 hrs an 0915 hrs and again, during the afternoon, when all the signs were torn down and thrown onto malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis the grass at the side of derritt lane, bransgore. This is the second time that our charity has been malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis subjected to vandalism in 21 months, the first being the breaking of the glass display cabinet malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis at the new forest airfields memorial, at the former world war II airfield at holmsley south, in september 2017.

Our small charity exists solely to protect and preserve our malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis local aviation heritage and to help people to learn about malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis the courage and bravery of the many thousands of allied malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis airmen and women, who died to protect our freedom in our country’s ‘darkest hour’, in world war II. We volunteer for the charity to remember and to honour malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis their sacrifice, without which, many of those living today, in these islands, would never have been born.

Loading the horsa –“left hand down a bit – then, hard right!” completed just in time for the upcoming ‘D-day 75’ commemorations this month, a new 1.72nd scale glider diorama is being added to the museum malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis displays. This depicts a very common site on local airfields, during 1944, when glider borne troops practiced the loading of jeeps and malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis equipment into the large horsa gliders, in preparation for the massive numbers of british gliders used malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis in the parachute and glider assault in june 1944. This new 1.72 scale glider diorama, inspired by the wartime photograph above, depicts british paratroopers struggling to manhandle an airborne jeep into malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis a mk.I horsa glider, in preparation for the allies’ assault on D-day. The combination of a careful driver and manpower was needed malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis to load a jeep, trailer and ammunition into the glider, via metal gutters, which allowed the jeep to be driven up to the malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis level of the side entry door. Some jeeps were airlifted with a small artillery piece, ammunition and the gun crew. On landing in france, the tail section of the glider was removed and the malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis gutters placed so that the jeep could be easily driven malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis out of the rear of the aircraft. Later, for operation varsity in 1945, the rhine crossing, the mk II horsa had a side hinged nose section, which made the loading easier, when the jeep could be driven straight into the fuselage malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis from the front.

Normandy arrival – 2115 hrs on 6th june 1944 A general aircraft GAL.49 hamilcar offloads a mk. VII tetrarch light tank of the 6th airborne armoured reconnaissance malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis regiment, while ox bucks light infantry and parachute regiment troops land malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis on the ranville drop and landing zones (DZ-N LZ-N), on D-day. The crew of a brigade HQ universal carrier, landed by another hamilcar, liaise with the commander and his radio operator, for orders. The hamilcar was the largest british military glider produced during malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis the second world war (110 ft wingspan), designed to carry up to 7 tons of heavy cargo, such as the tetrarch light tank or two universal (bren gun) carriers.They were first used in action in the normandy invasion malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis (supporting operations tonga and mallard), when approximately thirty were used to carry 17-pounder anti-tank guns, transport vehicles and tetrarch light tanks into normandy, in support of british airborne forces; and again in september 1944, in operation market garden (arnhem). During the rhine crossing in march 1945 (operation varsity), hamilcars carried M22 locust light tanks. A total of 344 hamilcars had been built when production malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis ended in 1946. This 1.72nd scale model was an old sanger hamilcar vac-form kit, with multiple scratch built additions, simulating the glider internal structures and cockpit, and a complete rebuild of the inaccurate undercarriage supplied. The extra-tech tetrarch and IBG models universal carrier and airfix paratroopers malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis completed the diorama.

Charles was one of the founder trustees of the friends malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis of the new forest airfields and a member from january malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis 18 th 1999 until his death on april 7 th malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis 2019 (member no.011). He was appointed as the project manager for the design, materials procurement and construction of the new forest airfields memorial malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis in black lane, on the western dispersal area of the second world war malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis airfield at holmsley south.

On leaving school, charles was apprenticed to HM dockyard, portsmouth, as an electrician. During his working life, charles was 78 and after work at king’s college hospital in london, he moved to the royal free hospital, where he met professor patrick bunning, who was going to set up an anatomy department in malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis a new medical school at zaire, northern nigeria, and asked charles to come out with him to help malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis set it up. Charles and his wife judy lived in nigeria for seven malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis years, during which time their two sons, james and steven, were born.

He was an expert on the history of reinforcement works malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis and engineering works on airfields. In retirement, he was always a strong supporter of FONFA and a malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis valuable and much valued companion at trustee board meetings. Charles was a quiet, mild mannered man, a true gentleman, who listened much and spoke only when he had something malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis significant to say. He had a quick wit, a ready smile and a dry sense of humour. He was good company and always looked for the positive malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis aspects of any situation. The members of the trustee board extend our heartfelt condolences malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis to his widow, judy. We shall miss his warm companionship greatly in the coming malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis years.

Master modeller kip watson has recently modelled the spitfire VB malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis in 1/32 nd scale for the heritage centre museum. The aircraft depicted was the mount of wing commander christopher malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis ‘bunny’ currant, DSO, DFC bar, who commanded the ibsley wing in 1942-3, and was seen alongside the actor david niven, in the 1942 film, ‘the first of the few’, starring leslie howard as reginald mitchell, designer of the spitfire, with david niven as the supermarine test pilot. The pilots at ibsley, from 501 squadron, carried out flying and other activities for the film crew, in between offensive missions over france. It is said that david niven was so impressed by malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis the young pilots that,when filming was finished, he stood them all dinner at the savoy hotel, in london, to thank them for their contributions. The detail in this model is outstanding, giving an insight into the cannons, which gave the mark VB superior fire power, when compared with the mark is and iis of the malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis battle of britain, two years earlier, and, of course, the scratch built trestle, use to raise the tail of the aircraft, to zero the cannons and machine guns and for servicing malignant fibrous histiocytoma prognosis requirements.

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