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3rd December – Tony Dowland –
Defiant Ace : Sqn Ldr Ted Thorn DFC & Bar DFM & Bar
Ted Thorn was a truly local man and this talk will discuss his flying and heroism during World War Two. Experienced speaker and investigative historian Tony Dowland has compiled this fascinating story with the enthusiastic assistance of Richard Hall and particularly Ted’s daughter Penny.
He joined the RAF in 1928 as a Boy Entrant. Early in 1939 he was accepted for pilot training and after gaining his wings successively took part in the Battles of France, Britain, Dieppe and as a Bomber Support pilot in the night campaign over occupied Europe and Germany between 1943 and 1944.
His combat flying as a Defiant pilot during 1940 achieved, with his Air Gunner, a total of thirteen victories. At the end of the war he served with the Empire Central Flying School between 1945 and 1946 where, sadly, he lost his life evaluating an early mark of the Gloster Meteor jet fighter.
Tony has recently completed fifteen years as BWAG secretary and continues to administer the Group’s website.
7th January 2020 – Steve Bohill-Smith –
4th February – TBC
3rd March – Patrons Night –
Paul Beaver -Subject TBC
7th April – Rod Dean – Mosquito
5th May – TBC
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as bookings are confirmed
with the speaker(s)
GOSPORT AVIATION SOCIETY
Gosport Aviation Society is a group for those with an interest in aviation and related topics. It meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Royal Naval Association Club on Aerodrome Road - Directions can be found on the GAS web site
For full programme information and the location of the meeting place
please see the Gosport web site :
SOUTH HAMPSHIRE HISTORICAL AVIATION SOCIETY
Meetings held on the first Wednesday
of the month at 7.30 for 8.00pm start at
The Romsey Working Men's
13 Market Place,
Romsey SO51 8NA
The Society's full programme may be viewed on the SHHAS website.
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to see more:
The Arun & Chichester
Air Enthusiasts Society meet in Chichester at the Park Hotel (behind Sainsbury's on the
Meetings start at 7.30pm
Full details of their latest programme
may be found on their web-site :
5th November 2019 – David Riley –
Asian Commercial Aviation Photography in the 80’s and 90’s
Whilst working in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia, David gradually developed his aviation photography hobby until founding his Asian Aviation Photography business (www.AsianAviationPhotography.com ) over 30 years ago in Hong Kong. His well illustrated and very professional presentation related the story behind his assignments, including a ten year period as an official photographer to Cathay Pacific. His lasting love of the Tristar featured and we had a bonus as the evening culminated with some military images including Tornados in the first Gulf War and the final RAF VC 10 landing in Hong Kong. Since returning to the UK, David has concentrated on European locations and airlines.
Tuesday 1st October - Lt Cdr Mark Jameson -
As an experienced Navy Wings pilot Mark entitled the first part of his presentation 'The Mighty Swordfish' and concentrated on the fascinating history and practical aspects of flying the aircraft.
His well illustrated presentation dealt with the history and future of Navy Wings together with details and status of the iconic aircraft owned and operated by Navy Wings, including the Sea Vixen, Sea Hawk, the two Sea Fury’s and of course the three Swordfish.
Tuesday 3rd September - Kim Sharman -
‘How the Royal Navy helped to win the Battle of Britain’
Cold War Sea Vixen pilot Kim returned with a timely, very different and well researched subject. Whilst never taking anything away from “The Few”, this talk related that there were many thousands of participants in the Battle of Britain - including the Royal Navy. It also illustrated how superior planning, equipment and 'Lady Luck' ensured victory.
Tuesday 4th June - Ben Goodlad -
‘ TSR2: A Missed Opportunity? ’
The BAC TSR2 was designed as a supersonic nuclear bomber at the height of the Cold War with a first flight in September 1964. Cancellation of the aircraft early the following year remains controversial and continues to arouse strong feelings. Ben is currently completing an Aero Engineering degree course at Southampton University and has researched the aircraft in depth. TSR2 was considered the most technically advanced aircraft in the world and Ben gave a balanced analysis of the project with emphasis on how far the engineering challenges contributed to its cancellation.
Tuesday 2nd April - Jack Froelic -
"Flying the Caribou in Vietnam with the USAF"
Jack was born in Pittsburgh and after flying training in Texas served a combat tour in the Republic of Vietnam flying the DH Canada C-7A Caribou supporting the USAF 5th Special Forces. This interesting subject featuring a very useful aircraft was delivered with humour by a pilot with first hand experience. Jack went on to fly the KC135 and later the Boeing 747 with Korean Air.
Tuesday 5th March - Group Captain Paul Beaver -
"The Real Eric Brown"
BWAG Patron, author and broadcaster Group Captain Paul Beaver is nearing completion of detailed research preceding publication of his biography of our past patron Captain Eric Brown, who would have reached his centenary in January. As Eric’s close friend, Paul has enjoyed access to his log books, personal records and much new information. This well illustrated presentation reviewed some of Eric’s adventures but looked beyond the known facts and achievements revealing some underlying characteristics of one of our premier pilots.
Tuesday 5th February - Bob Wealthy -
"Flying Boats and Float Planes Around the World"
Bob is a local avation historian and Secretary of Gosport Aviation Society. This new presentation followed his travels and was well illustrated with images and videos of both familiar and rare types. Our area has a rich history of water-based aircraft and Bob's talk was a valuable reminder that they remain in useful operation elsewhere in the World.
Tuesday 15th January 2019 - Steve Alcock -
"R J Mitchell and his Aircraft Designs"
Steve Alcock is manager of our local and excellent Solent Sky Museum and has naturally become an enthusiastic researcher of aircraft subjects. These include the life and achievements of R J Mitchell on which this well illustrated presentation was based. Steve covered the design of the Spitfire but also touched on the Supermarine S.5/6 series and many more of the famous designer’s projects.
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