Hawkinge Battle Of Britain Museum

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HAWKINGE - Battle of Britain Museum

Date: 6th August 2011

HAWKINGE - Battle of Britain Museum

Went with a friend to visit the Museum at Hawkinge sited on the actual Airfield - although now surrounded by a housing estate.

I cannot begin to tell you how much Memorabilia is there. There are replica Spitfires, Hurricanes, Messerschmitts, engines creased beyond recognition, gas masks, uniforms, ration books, photos etc. and so forth.

The Collection defies description - in fact there’s so much one simply cannot take it all in and it is only those vital months from 10th July to 31st October 1940.

We weren’t allowed to take in cameras - which I thought rather odd until I asked one of the custodians and discovered that in the past people have taken photos and stolen to order - how despicable!

BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL 

I can’t bring you any photos from Hawkinge -  but it gives me a good opportunity to publicize the proposed Learning Centre at Capel le Ferne. On our way back to Walmer, I had to call in and see my chums at Capel. I’m drawn to that place like a magnet and always go and pay my respects to Rene Mouchotte - the reason I’m now so involved with the Battle of Britain Memorial Fund and Friends of the Few.

Last weekend Janet Tootal asked if I’d liked to go down and see the Spitfire flying over Capel. She and Patrick have been for many years the amazing organisers of Memorial Day at Capel and much more. They asked me if I’d mind doing some publicity for the proposed Learning Centre at Capel. Again I repeat I’m not glorifying war but, so long as people are people and human nature is what it is, there will be wars and it does no harm to remind the young and future generations of the enormous sacrifices in human life which were made in WW2 (and of course even more so in WW1 as witnessed by the Graveyards like Tyne Cot in Belgium).

So I posed for a few photos and hope you might riffle in your pockets for the odd £10 note. After all you could win a super mini. Frankly the way the economy is going we’ll all be driving round in Smart Cars. I wouldn’t mind but I’d not feel safe especially after having seen one in an accident on a motorway - it looked like an Concertina.

So, please give generously. You can download tickets from the internet but you have to send them back by good old fashioned post!

And while I’m on the subject - how about joining Friends of the Few. There are only 70 left worldwide and we only have 19 and, bless them, they are aging and disappearing fast. I really do think the young should be aware of what was done for them so that we could be Free.  Or you could sponsor a name on the Foxley Norris Wall of Remembrance at Capel.  I did and look where that led me - a very large and worthwhile involvement and three years of research into Rene Mouchotte.

If you want a ticket for the raffle - just google Battle of Britain Memorial Trust - Raffle Tickets. You can download - or you could contact the Trust.

Yours truly advertising the Raffle which will help raise funds for the Learning Centre

P.S.  Forgot to mention that there is a new name on the Wall- Ogilvie - carved at the end of the list. Apparently this brave gentleman never mentioned the fact that he'd fought in the Battle of Britain and only after his death did his relations find his BOB Clasp in a drawer. There are probably more names which should be on the Wall - Who knows?

HAWKINGE - Battle of Britain Museum

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