Held over the Diamond Jubilee long weekend, the annual EK43 re-enactment event appeared to have received a lower amount of visitors through the gate than may have been expected. Whether this was down to the weekend’s numerous Jubilee events, or the threat of poor weather (which never really arrived on either day, with warm sunshine in abundance!) your writer is unsure; but those visitors who attended either on the Saturday or Monday were treated to a pleasing selection re-enactors and skilfully flown display aircraft.
WWII re-enactors, who could be seen wearing a selection of Royal Air Force kit representing the early days of the conflict through to the later war years, assembled in front of Lancaster NX611 Just Jane, or amongst the period wartime vehicles parked around the airfield’s control tower.
Andy Campbell from the Pathfinder Museum gave a lecture about the Pathfinder force on Saturday afternoon and another crowd pleaser performing on both days was the excellent forties themed singer and dancer Lola Lamour; this talented lady’s wonderful act is well worth catching.
On the aircraft side, naturally Lancaster Just Jane featured strongly in the proceedings performing two taxy runs on each day. Saturday saw Mike Leckie at the controls, with Andrew Panton piloting on Monday. Keith Brenchley and Sean Taylor assisted on both days.
Visiting display aircraft ranged from Battle of Memorial Flight Hurricane and Spitfire PR.XIX, to Lancaster PA474 and Waddington based Spitfire Tr.9 MJ627/G-BMSB. With the EK43 event taking place on the eve of D-Day’s 68th anniversary, the Tr.9 was a fitting visitor, bedecked in the black and white invasions stripes worn by participating aircraft - although this aircraft entered RAF service the following September as a single seat LF.IXc with 441 (Silver Fox) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force.