This has been an incredible tour in that what we were able to see was not envisaged as we climbed onto our coach on the 30 June 2017. We expected that we would visit the museums on our programme but we did not expect the extras that seemed to appear.
Our first day at Forest Row meeting the Minister and the community and presenting the community with a plaque that commemorates the Service of Pilot Officer Crossman who died in a field not far from the village while fighting in the Battle of Britain. And then being able to go to the site where his plane came down in the fields, was most memorable.
Visiting our friends Kevin and Sam in their home, the control tower at Zeals and tea with Patrick Scott in his beautiful garden at Leighterton were most appreciated by our group. Our visit this year to the Memorial Garden at RAF Snaith was an added bonus and I thank Renee for arranging the visit. Our visit to Conisby where we were fortunate to be on hand when the Lancaster circled, landed and then after some time, took off again. We were right there not 4 metres from the Lancaster when this was going on!
After the Lancaster came back, we were able to talk to some of the crew and had quite a discussion with the Navigator. He was interested as to where we staying the night and the he flew out on board the Lancaster again. We then left for our hotel, the Petwood Hotel at Woodhill Spa, the same hotel that the Dam busters called their officers Mess. We were on the back terrace when all of a sudden, the noise intensified and coming over our heads at around 500 feet was the Lancaster and it dipped as it went passed us. A great moment indeed.
Then RAF Scampton. We were to view the Museum, but while doing so we were invited to watch the Red Arrows go through their rehearsal for the upcoming display, it was another highlight. Then there was Duxford at the Flying Legends Air Show. All this in just a short time.
Today is our last day together as we headed down into London and we visited the Henden Museum and the Runnymede Memorial to those who have no known Grave. We then arrived at our hotel, the Novotel Pullman Hotel and it is a fitting way to finish such an incredible tour staying at such a fine hotel.