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News Archive for December, 2012

The Unforgettable Jimmy Corbin DFC

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

It is another sad duty to report the passing of the ‘Last of The Ten Fighter Boys’ with the recent death of William James Corbin at the age of 92.

‘Jimmy’ Corbin was one of our own from Kent who joined the RAFVR in early 1939 as a Sergeant Pilot and after gaining his wings served mostly with the Spitfires of 66 Squadron through the Battle of Britain and completed his tour with the squadron in September 1941.
After a spell of instructing he was commissioned and returned to operational flying the following year and eventually served with 72 Squadron in North Africa with whom he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross in July 1943, though he only found out about the deserved ‘gong’ after returning to England .
Post-war, Jimmy went back to civilian life and resumed a career in teaching until his eventual retirement. As ‘One of The Few’, Jimmy was a very popular participant at Shoreham Aircraft Museum signing events, where he kept up his lengthy chatting with visitors thanks to regular ‘lubrication’ with fine malt whiskey. We’re quite sure that he is now enjoying the benefits of a free Mess bar up in the great airfield in the sky. Jimmy will be much missed, but never forgotten.

Autumn/Winter 2012 Gazette

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The latest edition of ‘Friends of The Few’ has gone out to Museum Club members. Contents include:

  • Memorial news – latest report towards honouring Flt/Lt Reynell
  • Museum and Membership News
  • 24 Hours with the ‘Bomber Boys’ of “M” for Mike
  • From Pilot to Poet – tribute to the late Flt/Lt William Walker AE
  • Flight Lieutenant Arthur Jackson – RAF Coastal Command pilot
  • Veteran visitors and signatures – RAF/Bomber Boys/Special Op’s
  • Poppy Research –
  • HMS Welshman 70th anniversary commemoration service 01/02/13
  • Remembering one of the fallen – Pilot Officer Richard Hutley
  • Dramatic account of an RAF ‘anti-diver’ patrol
  • An historic photograph arrives!

Remember Me?

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

It is a sad duty for the Museum to report the recent passing of a great veteran friend and keen fan of the Museum from the United States of America.
Captain Charles Barrier DFC, was a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress pilot with the 457th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, stationed at Glatton in Cambridgeshire, from where he completed 30 missions during the Second World War.

Charles or ‘Chuck’ to his friends, flew many of his missions in a B-17 named “Remember Me?” and it was during a raid to Genshagen near Berlin when it was struck by another B17, severely damaging the vertical stabiliser and rudder. Despite this, Chuck was able to bring his aircraft and crew safely home. This incident has been portrayed in a painting by artist Geoff Nutkins, appropriately titled ‘Remember Me?’

On an occasion when visiting England , Chuck along with other family members called into Shoreham Village to see the Museum and couldn’t wait to sample an English pint, including Mrs Barrier.

An obituary for Charles can be found here:-