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News Archive for December, 2011

Autumn/Winter 2011 Gazette

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
The latest ‘mono’ edition of ‘Friends of The Few’ has gone out to Museum Club members. Contents include:
  • Battle of Britain period Spitfire propeller assembly in the Teagarden
  • Museum and Membership News
  • “My flight with a Battle of Britain pilot” – in a glider
  • You lose some … you win some! Aircraft recovery experiences
  • “Lost Me109” story as featured in the ‘ Britain at War’ magazine
  • Our Dwindling Few – tributes paid to our Finest recently passed away
  • The experience of a taxi ride in the preserved Lancaster ‘Just Jane’
  • Report about the ‘Bomber Boys’ Memorial fundraising event
  • ‘Steinbock Night Victors’ – a Luftwaffe parachute segment reveals a dramatic story

Daughter of ‘One of The Few’ visits the Museum

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
In November 2011, the Museum was delighted to welcome Alexandra, the daughter of the well-known Battle of Britain fighter pilot Group Captain ‘Johnny’ Kent DFC & Bar, AFC, VM. Shoreham was a highlight on Alexandra’s tour of places linked to her father’s RAF career, where she saw his chalked signature on the famous ‘White Hart’ Blackout Screen, a signed copy of his Cuthbert Orde pencil sketch and an original letter Johnny Kent wrote about the importance of the White Hart Inn to Biggin Hill based pilots.
Johnny Kent served with distinction as a Flight Commander with the Polish pilots of 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, before taking command of 92 Squadron at Biggin Hill in late October 1940.
Alexandra found it a very moving experience to see the items linked to her late father and hopes to re-visit Shoreham in the near future with other members of her family.