Held over the Whitsun bank holiday weekend, this year's EK Forty Three 43/Dambusters 70th anniversary event was blessed with warm and dry weather all weekend, large crowds and an abundance of re-enactors on site.
The re-enactors presented a diverse range of period uniforms, but special mention should be made of those wearing the Air Transport Auxiliary uniform, representing an often overlooked, yet vital, service - the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA). A British civilian World War II organisation, the ATA was uniquely manned by both male & female personnel and based at White Waltham Airfield. The crews ferried new, repaired and damaged military aircraft between UK factories, trans Atlantic delivery points, Maintenance Units (MU), scrap yards, and active service Squadrons and airfields.
Credit is also due to the group of re-enactors who travelled all the way from the Czech Republic to honour and recall their wartime predecessors vital service within the Royal Air Force. Forties themed singer and dancer Lola Lamour performed on the Monday; this talented lady’s wonderful act is well worth catching and a real crowd pleaser! Joining Lola on stage was WWII Veteran Douglas Hudson - for more on Douglas' outstanding wartime service look out for his book "There and back again - A navigators story".
On the aircraft side, naturally Lancaster Just Jane featured strongly in the proceedings performing taxy runs on each day. Calling in on Monday to display was P-51 Mustang Marinell. Flown exceptionally well by Rob Davies MBE, the P-51 and its pilots are always immensely popular visitors to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.