A man who made aviation history has celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by friends, family and his comrades from Bomber Command. John Oliver ‘Jo’ Lancaster was the first pilot to eject from an aircraft in an emergency situation using a Martin-Baker ejection seat. Since that day, May 30, 1949, Martin-Baker ejection seats have saved more than 7,420 aircrew lives worldwide.The RAF veteran, who lives in Hassocks, is a regular at Princess Marina House in Rustington and it was there he held his birthday party on Monday.Jo said: “It’s been wonderful, I’ve had a very good day indeed. I’ve been overwhelmed by all of the people who have joined me here today, old faces who I haven’t seen for years. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable day.“Us Bomber boys have been coming to Princess Marina House for about eight years now and the staff here look after us so well. They’ve been fantastic in pulling this party together for me and I am … [Read more...] about RAF charity hosts 100th birthday party for its oldest fundraiser, a Bomber Command pilot who made aviation history
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Fundraising is set to start to help restore Tangmere’s iconic air control tower. The Save Tangmere Tower campaign has taken off since it launched last November, with supporters including MP Gillian Keegan, historian Paul Reed and TV ‘history guy’ Dan Snow.Now the project team has registered a community interest company to crowdfund £10,000 to start a survey of the site this year, in line with the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.Tangmere parish councillor Matt Gover-Wren, who has been leading the campaign, said: “We’re making wonderful progress. It’s humbling to see so much enthusiasm and passion for this project.“The centenary seemed the right time to start this fundraising process, given the tower’s prominence in RAF Tangmere’s history. “After all, it was the beacon that guided our men and women home.”The control tower is one of the last remaining structures in the village that connects Tangmere to its … [Read more...] about Appeal to fund restoration of RAF air tower
THE QUEEN beamed with delight today as she met the last survivor of the legendary Great Escape. Jack 'Tiger' Lyon, 101, shook hands with Queen Elizabeth II at the centenary year celebrations of the RAF Club in Mayfair, London shortly after new artwork was unveiled to honour the occasion. Mr Lyon, a former flight lieutenant from Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, flew in Whitley bombers as a navigator in the RAF during the Second World War and came within half-an-hour of being executed by the Nazis when the famous Great Escape plot was rumbled. He was about to climb down into the 'Harry' tunnel when the plan was discovered by German guards in the Stalag Luft III PoW camp. A total of 76 men got through the tunnel but only three ultimately made it to freedom. The other 73 were captured and 50 were executed on Hitler's orders as a warning to other would-be escapees. Mr Lyon could also have been caught and shot too if the Great Escape had gone on just minutes longer. On the occasion of his 100th … [Read more...] about Queen meets last surviving ‘Great Escape’ survivor Jack Lyon, 101, as she celebrates 100th anniversary of the RAF Club
Karel Janicek, Associated Press Updated 2:27 am PDT, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, visitors view a multimedia exhibition that marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia, in Prague, Czech Republic. The Czechs are marking the 100th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia with an exhibition at the site of a former monument to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin that looks back at the most traumatic moments of its history. less In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, visitors view a multimedia exhibition that marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia, in Prague, Czech Republic. The Czechs are marking the ... more Photo: Petr David Josek, AP In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, visitors view a multimedia exhibition that marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia, in Prague, Czech Republic. The … [Read more...] about Exhibit looks at key traumatic moments in Czechoslovakia
THE 78th commemoration of the Battle of Britain celebrates the defence of the United Kingdom by the RAF against the Nazi air force, known as the Lutftwaffe, in World War Two. But what exactly happened in 1940 and how is it being marked. Here's all you need to know. When is Battle of Britain Day 2018? The annual Battle of Britain Day is celebrated on September 15. The day is dedicated to the large-scale aerial battle that took place from July 10 until October 31, 1940. The clash was said to be the first major military campaign fought entirely by air forces. Britain's Royal Air Force defended the United Kingdom from attacks by Nazi Germany's Luftwaffe. British allies from many nations including Canada, Australia, Poland and New Zealand also took part. In honour of the momentous event, September 15 has become an annual day to commemorate the Battle of Britain in the UK. In Canada, the commemoration takes place on the third Sunday of September. In the past the day has been marked … [Read more...] about Battle of Britain Day 2018 – what happened on September 15, 1940 and how is it being remembered?