Easter Sunday saw a very different event take place at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, as it celebrated 100 years of the RAF.
Air Commodore Jez Attridge, addressed over 300 guests during a parade that saw over 100 cadets lined up to witness the lowering of the Union flag and the raising of the RAF ensign. Living History groups 10th Essex, The Great War Society and 555 Army Service Corps were also on site. Dawn Patrol’s model aircrafts performed various displays during the day, with one of the key highlights seeing the World War One Aviation Heritage Trust’s BE2e take to the sky.
John Harris and Ralph Tyrrell, Ralph lives in Great Baddow and was Commander of 276 Squadron of Air Cadets and was also in the Lancaster Bomber Command. On the day he met John who flew in the American Air force and also flew in Vietnam.
The Lowering of The Union Jack
Martin Gebel and Paul Weavel from the 10th Essex Regiment Reenactors manning the Vickers Machine Gun
Essex Wing ATC on Parade (wow! look at that sky)
BE2e taking off from Stow Maries Aerodrome
Aircraft of Dawn Patrol
Air Commodore Jez Attridge along with reenactors from WW1
And a very big hand to the tea and cake girls
Also well done to the BBQ and tea gang outside at Stow Maries
BBC Essex Radio Chris Penhall was also there to interview Ian Flint from Stow Maries Aerodrome
– All Photos courtesy Douglas Shorter and Dave Davies –