Visiting Duxford

Monday 5th June 2017

Venue : Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridge

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An early morning start at IWM North on Monday, as we met up with fellow volunteers and staff from the other branches at IWM Duxford for Volunteers week.

We travelled south through the Midlands on our journey, stopping off on some familiar services on the M6 and M1… the route usually adopted when I visit my relatives there.  It was a bit rainy on the way there, but I was looking forward to visiting Duxford.  Due to that branch holding most of the museums Aircraft Collection

We arrived at Duxford’s Entrance around about noon, and then after a short repast, we all entered the main hall, where the chairman of the imperial war museum welcomed us all and the ceremonies for the volunteer awards commenced.

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I received my award for “Developing in a Role” from the chairman – and heard my Vollie Manager deliver a wonderful (more than a ) few words on why i’d won it!

How I started as a guide, then doing object handling and family history….

I did whisper at one point….”Ta boss! you can stop now….!!!” (sic)

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Matt by Fighter Aircraft

After the awards ceremony, we took a look around the hangar and the various activities on display, this included seeing how concorde dipped its nose, to sending messages by morse code – to walking on board a Lancaster bomber.  I enjoyed walking round the RAF Fleet, and got a really good view of the planes from the top deck of the gallery.

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Flight

Hoped to see something special – and I wasn’t disappointed

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IWM Duxford , Cambridge, 5/6/2017

 

For a brief moment today,

looking around the hangar in Cambridge

I got to see the marvels of flight first hand

Great planes – from early pioneers to new planes and even spaceflight

Hoped to see something special – and I wasn’t disappointed

Tomorrow – i’ll take a look at what I captured

 

 

Navy Blue

 

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Navy ?

A Nautical colour

Very respected as the colour of the senior service

Yachts to Dreadnoughts – are adorned in it

 

North to South – Compass bearings

Are used to navigate

Vessels through dangerous waters –

Yomping through ice and hiding from the enemy

 

Naval Company Colours

Anchored off the shoreline are

Very Dark in Colour – when not in camouflage

Yet Revered by all who wear it.

 

Note, however though all men on ship wear the colour

An officer, wears slightly darker

Verifying his rank on the vessel

Year upon Year

 

Timber Corps

A poem written by me on the timber corps of World War II

Timber Corps

Hail those ladies of great accord
who took on the mighty scots pine
the ones who were taught to handle great saws
and felled the woods in line
They strained with logs
to create the planks
and soldiers they all
gave their thanks
As the timber corps
strained their backs
moving the woods
for the soldiers shacksThey put in the hours, for a simple meal
the common goal, a worthy appeal
every worker, working like horse
all to aid the war time cause

And one and all
did not complain
working together
to lessen the strain

A Busman’s Holiday – In Cosford

Old Trafford, Manchester , 5th August

Time        :   Zero Nine Hundred Hours.

Location :   Imperial War Museum North, Old Trafford, Manchester

Destination : RAF Museum, Cosford, Shropshire

 

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Bill by the RAF Twin-propped Bomber – and it wasn’t raining!

 

 

Having done the Great Orme (see here) Bill Nigel and me meet up for a trip to the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford, Shropshire.

Travelling down the M6 from Manchester and then the M42 we reached our destination, despite queues and roadworks.

Upon arriving at RAF Cosford, we enjoy a bite to eat in the form of soup and a roll in the café.  I had the Tomato (V.Nice!)

Then we hit the Galleries.  Each hangar told the tale of planes that flew in the first and second world wars, as well as some of the individuals that took part in their operation.  A mini timeline, similar to that of IWM North’s Main exhibition space (only a lot smaller) told the history of the RAF from its earliest time as the Royal Flying Corps all the way to the role played in more recent conflict in the Middle east.

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Experimental Aircraft

 

I particularly enjoyed the Test flight Gallery.  This explained the developmental process behind Planes like the Spitfire and the Harrier Jump Jet .

 

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Nigel taking shots of the aircraft….

 

War in the Air had both Allied and German Planes on display as we read how they came to be, and their roles in the Battle of Britain and beyond.  I’m pleased to say I saw a Supermarine Spitfire up close whilst walking round the exhibit, and the one I saw was the oldest surviving model in the world

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All planes have to have something to make them tick – and Cosford’s collection delves deep into many of the engines that got them going.

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I also viewed the artillery used by the RAF Regiment – The Air force soldiers who are assigned to protect the airfields.

It was a most enjoyable day – a pin, bookmark and mug – as well as my photos will remind me of viewing some great pieces of aviation history….just need to get the photos off the camera now 🙂

Something for Historical scholars to spot – my pic shows a statue of Lenin in the distance – but can you spot the other Russian leaders in this pic ?

 

 

Fish and Chips at the Great Orme

Enjoy the view – i walked up a very tall hill to get to it 🙂

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Shared Journeys

Date : 19th May 2016

Location : The summit complex, Great Orme country park, Llandudno, North Wales

“If you can find them…and no-one else can help….maybe you can hire – THE A-TEAM”

A fateful but most enjoyable trip to a tall point of North wales

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Enjoy the view – i walked up a very tall hill to get to it 🙂

A bit like the fellow who walked up a hill and came down a mountain 🙂

The funny thing is Me, Bill, Nigel and Joe weren’t even supposed to be here – we headed off from our meeting point at Imperial War Museum North and somehow we missed our junction for the M6 and Buxton (our intended destination).  So we Headed for the M56 North Wales road instead, with all the delights that the country parks of wales could offer.

(I’m smiling about it now…..)

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Walking up the Great Orme, led us to the Summit Complex, with Educational facilities, Museum, Hotel and restaurant.  Our reward for reaching the summit ?  A really nice Lunch plate of Fish and Chips in the restaurant.

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There was a plaque dedicated to the forces who served at Great Orme when the Cafe was a Royal Air Force Radar Station, defending the nation against Nazi air attack in World war II – All four of us volunteer at Imperial War Museum North in Manchester – so i guess it was fate that we’d eventually end up somewhere with a connection to the armed forces…

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Inside the Visitor centre – there was a display of the Great Orme Landscape, its terrain – and the sea birds that reside there.

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Guillemots say Hello!

Being indoors in the restaurant – Our Lunches were safe from these regular visitors 🙂

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A Bench with a view