Wednesday, March 7th, 2018
Speaker: Kevin Patience
The twin DC-4 aircraft accidents in Bahrain. Two Air France Douglas DC-4 aircraft crashed two days apart in June 1950 within a few miles of each other and under similar circumstances. These two accidents, on 12 and 14 June, occurred while the aircraft were operating the same route from Saigon to Paris. Both planes had stopped at Karachi Airport and crashed into the sea on approach to Bahrain. A total of 86 passengers and crew were killed, 46 on 12 June and 40 on 14 June. Commencing at 20.00 hours (8pm) in the Druitt hall, off the high street, Christchurch.
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
Speaker: John Webster
A brief AGM followed by a talk on The Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) which was a British civilian organisation set up during the Second World War and headquartered at White Waltham Airfield that ferried new, repaired and damaged military aircraft between factories, assembly plants, transatlantic delivery points, Maintenance Units (MUs), scrap yards, and active service squadrons and airfields, but not to naval aircraft carriers. It also flew service personnel on urgent duty from one place to another and performed some air ambulance work. Commencing at 20.00 hours (8pm) in the Druitt hall, off the high street, Christchurch.
Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
Speaker: Steve Robson
The dark months and incredible deeds of the few in 1940 are well covered in many books and films. How was a small number of novice fighter pilots in novel aircraft types able to prevent a battle experienced, well trained, well motivated and larger force from gaining air superiority? This talk covers the situation from 1909 until 1939; the emergence of the RAF when politics and economies had reduced our military to dangerously low levels and how a Lady financed the engine that enabled the Merlin to be ready for the Spitfire and Hurricane. While Britain slumbered, the rise of the Luftwaffe and Nazi Germany reached a critical stage in 1935. The talk explains how a system was created that was able to prevent Nazi Germany from gaining that air supremacy required for the success of Operation Sea Lion - the invasion of Britain. Commencing at 20.00 hours (8pm) in the Druitt hall, off the high street, Christchurch.
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
Speaker: Neville Cullingford
The Royal Observer Corps (ROC) was a civil defence organisation intended for the visual detection, identification, tracking and reporting of aircraft over Great Britain. It operated in the United Kingdom between 29 October 1925 and 31 December 1995, when the Corps' civilian volunteers were stood down. (ROC headquarters staff at RAF Bentley Priory stood down on 31 March 1996). Composed mainly of civilian spare-time volunteers, ROC personnel wore a Royal Air Force (RAF) style uniform and latterly came under the administrative control of RAF Strike Command and the operational control of the Home Office. Civilian volunteers were trained and administered by a small cadre of professional full-time officers under the command of the Commandant Royal Observer Corps; latterly a serving RAF Air Commodore. Commencing at 20.00 hours (8pm) in the Druitt hall, off the high street, Christchurch.
Meetings are held in the newly refurbished Druitt Hall, adjacent to the library, off the High Street, Christchurch Dorset at 20:00 hours (8pm). Charges: £10 Annual Subscription (May to May), or £3 visitors at the door. Facilities: Toilets and Disabled Access. Refreshments of coffee, tea and biscuits are served during the evening for 50p. We would be delighted to welcome you, your family and friends.
The Society was formed as the Sea Vixen Society in 1983 to commemorate and celebrate the aviation history of Christchurch and to enable like-minded Aviation enthusiasts to meet, be entertained and have a chat on a regular basis - a format which is very much the heart of the Society today.