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History in the Making

History in the Making

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.


Stow Maries Making History
John Harris and Ralph Tyrrell

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.


Stow Maries Aerodrome Museum

The Lowering of The Union Jack

Parade at Stow Maries Aerodrome

On Parade

Vickers Machine Gun

Martin Gebel and Paul Weavel from the 10th Essex Regiment Reenactors manning the Vickers Machine Gun

ATC on parade at Stow Maries

Essex Wing ATC on Parade (wow! look at that sky)

BE2e at Stow Maries Aerodrome

BE2e taking off from Stow Maries Aerodrome

Aircraft of Dawn Patrol at Stow

Aircraft of Dawn Patrol

Air Commodore Attridge and reenactors

Air Commodore Jez Attridge along with reenactors from WW1

The tea and cake girls at Stow Maries

And a very big hand to the tea and cake girls

BBQ and Tea Gang at Stow

Also well done to the BBQ and tea gang outside at Stow Maries

Essex radio Chris Penhall interviews Ian Flint

BBC Essex Radio Chris Penhall was also there to interview Ian Flint from Stow Maries Aerodrome

– All Photos courtesy Douglas Shorter and Dave Davies –


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