Having attended the reunion last year, and the Remembrance Day service in November, I was aware that I was making the journey over to Yorkshire on a fairly regular basis, but never getting close to ever visiting the Air Museum at Elvington.
About a week or so before the reunion was due to take place I had a brainwave, why not see if anyone else fancied going to see Friday 13th with Kerenza and I on the Saturday afternoon.
I had a thought that AGM's are not everyone's cup of tea, and also there might be folk like ourselves, who were traveling long distance's, who had never see it, or been to Elvington... it turned out I was right.
Kerenza and I traveled from the Wolds Gliding Club with Bill and Trish Leyland, and soon met up with Steve and Joanne Hardacre. Not long after getting there we met Paul and David Marshall, along with David's daughter Natalie and her boyfriend.
In the photo to the right you can see Bill, Trish, Kerenza, Joanne, Steve, Paul and Natalie.
I had wanted to try and get everyone holding a photo of their loved one, but sadly that didn't happen.. maybe next time..
This is me holding a photo of Sgt Joseph Marsh, KIA 13/7/43 in front of the amazing Friday 13th Halifax mk III.
Below are some more photo's of the aircraft.
To the left is Paul and David Marshall.
This was their first time at one of our reunion's and from all accounts they had a quite wonderful time.
This below is by far my favorite though, just wish our later guests had been with us when we did this one.
After about an hour or more we were joined by Ron Parson's, his wife Gloria, his son Glynn, and Glyn's wife Gina.
Imagine, if you will, taking part in 29 operations with 102 Squadron, ..
70 years later, walking into a hanger totally unaware that the same mark of Halifax Bomber you flew in,
..... is parked in side of it...
Can you imagine what a person's face might look like when they first spot this huge aircraft standing there???
"Hi Chris, just a few words to thank you for the hospitality shown when you arranged for my dad (Ron Parsons) to come to Elvington where the Halifax is.
It was great to see the look on his face as we had kept from him the fact there was even one in existence. His first comment to me was he didnt think they were that big !!
However as we looked around the aircraft we were all amazed at the cramped space airgunners had in their turrets. I couldn't even figure out how to get in never mind sitting in one for hours on end. They were all truly very brave men (but so matter of fact about it)."
Glynn, Gina, Gloria and Ron alongside this massive aircraft...
But where did Ron used to sit??
The Mid Upper Gunner's position on a Halifax Bomber.
Ron, Glynn, Gina, Gloria, Trish and Bill enjoying a good laugh on the way back to the car.