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The Museum was very pleased to warmly welcome two wonderful RAF fighter pilot veterans on a chilly Sunday 26th September 2010. Both Wing Commander Peter Ayerst DFC and Warrant Officer Harold Bennett delighted visitors with tales of their flying experiences and happily signed items to help raise monies for the Pilot Memorials Project.
Peter Ayerst and Harold Bennett
Peter is well known for his exploits with 73 Squadron during the Battle of France and his varied wartime career culminated as a test pilot for Vickers flying Spitfires, much of which is recounted in his book ‘Spirit of the Blue’.
Harold Bennett
Harold saw operational service with 603 ‘City of Edinburgh’ Squadron on cross-Channel sweeps during 1941 before he was shot down over France and taken prisoner. He remained a ‘guest’ of the Germans for the remainder of the war.
At the end of an enjoyable day, both Peter and Harold took turns to pick the winning tickets for the Museum 2010 raffle. The 1st Prize winning ticket was Yellow 488. Is that lucky winner you?