It probably seemed a good idea at the time but RAF officer Steve Hawkins was nearly put to flight by the pain he endured during a charity body wax.
Last Flight Home by Robert Taylor
Last Flight Home must be one of the most acclaimed and well-remembered of all Robert Taylor’s great Masterwork paintings. Painted in warm glowing colours and set within the glorious confines of the beautiful English countryside, this is one of the most memorable studies of the mighty Avro Lancaster bomber ever created. The peace and tranquillity of haymaking is momentarily disturbed by the thunderous return of a squadron of Lancasters. All eyes on the ground turn skywards as the great four-engined aircraft of the last flight home make their final approach to the neighbouring airfield after a raid over enemy territory. The men of Bomber Command have come home. It was these brave men to whom Winston Churchill turned when he saw no other route to victory except the destruction of industrial Germany.
While you wait, some photos are now up on my Facebook page here
I’ll be putting both mine and James’s arrival photos up at this site shortly, I’m trying to find the best place to post them as some people are having problems with Picasa, Facebook and the like as their work networks block them. I’ll probably try SkyDrive next, see how that works
End of an era for RAF base
Closing Ceremony at RAF Stanbridge
In preparation for the closure of RAF Stanbridge in March 2013, the unit held its formal closure ceremony lowering the ensign for the last time which signalled the end of a long and illustrious history. Continue reading
Photos from the RAF Stanbridge Official Closure Ceremony (afternoon photos)
RAF Stanbridge: The small base with a big history
By Katy Lewis BBC News
The original RAF Central Communications Centre at Stanbridge The original RAF Central Communications Centre at Stanbridge played a vital role in World War II
A single Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly over a Bedfordshire RAF station on Thursday as the ensign is lowered for the last time.
Underneath, at the unassuming base in the English countryside, current personnel, local dignitaries and military guests will watch a parade, accompanied by the RAF Central Band.
RAF Stanbridge, near Leighton Buzzard, is one of the smallest stations left in the UK, which first opened just before World War II as a central communications base for the RAF.