It was a great delight to welcome a trio of veterans to the Museum who helped to (in the words of Winston Churchill) “Set Europe Ablaze” in WW2. Harry Verlander (Special Operations Executive), Alec ‘Boy’ Borrie (Special Air Service) and Denise Edwards née Franck of the Belgian Resistance, proved very entertaining and enlightening about their experiences in Nazi-occupied Europe.
Also visiting were two RAF air-gunners, John Waye and Ron Liversage. John flew in 4-engined Liberators on long-range bombing sorties in the Far East, his record flight being 14 hours cooped up in a cramped gun-turret.
During the closing stages of hostilities in Europe, Ron took part in ‘Operation Manna’, dropping food to starving Dutch civilians; several years ago at a commemorative event in The Netherlands, Ron was introduced to a Dutch gentleman who was a young boy back in 1945 who had taken note of the code-letters of one particular RAF Lancaster that dropped food to him and his neighbours. The code letters belonged to the very Lancaster in which Ron was flying on that occasion all those years ago.
The event raised £150 for the Royal British Legion.