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Monday, 17 January 2011

PROJECT PROPELLER 2011

Project Propeller is an annual reunion for WWII aircrew, to which they are flown from all over the UK in light aircraft by current volunteer pilots.

The Evening Standard described it rather well here. There is a video here.

VENUE: Project Propeller is pleased to announce a new venue for PP11 – Wickenby (EGNW), 10 miles NE of Lincoln, on 11 June 2011.

PhotobucketPHOTO: Lancaster Mk III ED424 'Easy Two' of 626 Sqn. at Wickenby in 1944 - their squadron intelligence officer was F/O Michael (Goon Show) Bentine. This aircraft was occasionally flown on operations by Sgt. Pilot Jack Currie, author of 'Lancaster Target', one of the more evocative memoirs of the period.

AIRFIELD HISTORY: RAF Wickenby was home initially to Wellington Mk IIIs and then to the Lancasters of 12 and 626 Squadrons. It now has a WW2 Memorial Collection in the original control tower, which contains many relics and photographs from Wickenby's wartime past, and which will be fully staffed on the day by the volunteer Friends. The video reminiscences of a 12 Sqn. navigator at Wickenby can be found here.

INVITATION: If you served in any capacity as aircrew during WWII, then you would be very welcome. Each year, the aircrew enjoy a wonderful day out when they are able to meet up with former colleagues, enjoy lunch, live wartime music and the facilities of the venue but most importantly, to get airborne once again. Please register and we will try to pair you up with a pilot and aircraft from a local airfield to fly you to the meeting.

REGISTRATION: Whether you are a former WWII aircrew member (friend or former foe), a current qualified pilot willing to fly in a veteran or a volunteer helper, we would love you to Join Us by registering for the ultimate Aircrew Reunion.

BRIEFING NOTES: Registered volunteer pilots should consult the Wickenby airfield website.

DONATIONS: Over the years, PP has been variously supported by the RAF Association, the RAF Benevolent Fund, the Guild of Air Pilots and the National Lottery, but it always struggles to break even. If you can help, the address for donations is here.

P.S. Wickenby has some interesting resident aircraft - see here.